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Deaf-Themed Drama Speaks Volumes on Bergen Stage

Author: Larry Hlavenka/Wednesday, May 28, 2014/Categories: Bergen College

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(From left) Andrew Galuskin, of Ridgefield, as James Leeds; Victor Gallo, of North Caldwell, as Mr. Franklin; Michelle Benenati, of Kearny, as Sarah Norman.

PARAMUS, N.J. – As part of the student-run Bergenstages performance series, Bergen Community College will present Nutley Little Theatre’s production of “Children of a Lesser God” beginning Wednesday, June 11.

The Tony Award-winning play chronicles the relationship of Sarah, born deaf and estranged from the world, and her teacher James, a speech pathologist. The story communicates the struggles the couple face in searching for a place to love and live between silence and sound.

The play – accompanied by speech-to-sign and sign-to-speech interpretation – runs Wednesday, June 11 through Saturday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Ender Hall Lab Theatre, located at the main campus in Paramus. A Saturday, June 14 matinee will take place at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices for the general public are $15, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty, staff and students. Individuals can purchase tickets by calling (201) 447-7428 or online at

Bergen Community College ( based in Paramus is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling nearly 17,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields.

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