T#StartListening | Joshua Jackson & Lauren Ridloff | TEDxBroadway

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Published on Apr 04, 2018

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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  • Geana Harris - 12 hours ago

    Wow, this story is so amazing! I'm inspired to see the play now! And I'll always have love for Joshua Jackson and his work.

  • John Millan - 5 days ago

    I started noticing Josh when he was cast in Fringe. Missed out in Dawson's Creek, feeling it was a too much of a teen drama. But seeing this man perform in Fringe, I noticed for the first time this man had range, and all thanks to the rest of cast. They really helped him elevate his art in acting. It's great to see him expand into Broadway. Keep up the amazing work Josh.

  • Fernanda Blunt Krasinski - 5 days ago

    I never forget that scene with Marleen Matleen screaming in Children of a lesser god movie when I watched it on TCM with my mom

  • Natalie Zayas-Bazan - 1 week ago

    I love that even she fangirls over ‘Dawson’s creek’ and ‘mighty ducks’. Poor josh. That is NEVER gonna go away. 😂

  • brookeasaurusrex14 - 2 weeks ago

    I'm fluent in ASL. I watched it on opening preview night, and I cried when she used her voice. It's a really great play. Mark Medoff who wrote Children of a Lesser God is a professor at my university. So it was an honor to see the reboot on Broadway a couple weeks ago. Definitely recommend it.

  • Molly Koski - 2 weeks ago

    It blows my mind how they only turned on Auto-Captions instead of actually taking the time to caption the video. The auto-captions aren’t 100% accurate!

  • Phil Marlowe - 2 weeks ago

    Josh should get an Oscar or a more suitable award for his role in this play.

  • Phil Marlowe - 2 weeks ago

    I am quite impressed with josh, from Dawson’s creek to this role is impressive.

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  • Pam Walker - 2 weeks ago

    Wow! This was just lovely! I'd very much like to see this show!

  • Natalie Graves Tucker - 2 weeks ago

    This lump will not leave my throat. 😭

  • Wes Sider - 2 weeks ago