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About
Mark Medoff

Mark Medoff received a Tony for Children of a Lesser God and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay Award for the work's film script. He received an Obie Award for When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?. Medoff served as a Distinguished Achievement Professor at New Mexico State University where he was on faculty and an artist in residence since 1966. Children of a Lesser God made its return to Broadway in a new production starring Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff in 2018. Medoff passed away on April 23rd, 2019, surrounded by his closest friends and adoring family.

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The movie The Heart Outright, based on Mark’s 1992 play, directed by Mark’s son in law, Ross Marks, has been purchased for distribution after screening at a half dozen film festivals. The film stars two of Mark’s former acting students and his youngest daughter, Jessica Medoff Bunchman.

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Mark and his family created The Hope E. Harrison Foundation to raise awareness and finance research to end the chromosomal anomaly Trisomy 18, which afflicts Mark’s five-year old granddaughter, Hope. He periodically claimed a book would forthcoming, Hope Full: A Reckoning With the Universe, but he could not stop writing about the effect on his family of this remarkable little girl.

Children of a Lesser God re-opened on Broadway on April 11, 2019, Hope’s birthday.

The first line of the published version of Children of a Lesser God still holds true thirty-eight years later: “It seems, finally, to be about family.”

Mark and his wife Stephanie’s greatest achievement in life is their three daughters, and eight grandchildren.