He didn’t understand sign language, she hadn’t used her voice in 26 years, but they still found ways to trust and communicate. Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff share the story of their first rehearsal for “Children of a Lesser God,” and how they were able to find a connection and understanding through their vulnerability and desire to be heard. Joshua Jackson makes his Broadway debut in “Children of a Lesser God” after earning rave reviews — “The New York Times” hailed Jackson “a revelation” — at last summer’s workshop in The Berkshires. He currently stars in Showtime’s “The Affair” and was recently seen in the National Geographic Channel’s “Years of Living Dangerously.” He previously starred on “Fringe” and “Dawson’s Creek.”

Lauren Ridloff received a Best Actress nomination by the Berkshire Theater Critic Awards for her portrayal of Sarah Norman in the Tony Award-winning “Children of a Lesser God.” She will reprise her role with her Broadway debut at Studio 54. She appears in the Palme D’Or nominated film “Wonderstruck,” directed by Todd Haynes and starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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