It’s exciting when Broadway shows find innovative ways to convey a concept. Children of a Lesser God addresses how we communicate with each other and the new revival will push the boundaries with its unique storytelling. Deaf actor, John McGinty will be playing Orin Dennis in the show. We asked him why this show is so relevant right now and what audiences can expect to see.
What was your first exposure to Broadway and musical theater, and how did it influence you?
When I was six or seven, I went to London to see Phantom of the Opera with my grandma. At that time, there was no interpreters nor was the show captioned. But, I was captivated by the set design, acting, etc… and how simple the story is. It was when my light bulb went off and I was like, “I have to be on on stage somehow.”
What has been your favorite part of the rehearsal process for Children of a Lesser God?
Everyday, I learn new things from everyone in the room. It is quite exciting to witness the new discovery we make and how we can dig deeper to find the real message of the play.
What is the best part about doing Children of a Lesser God?
To be on a Broadway stage with the most amazing and hard working group of actors. I am excited to tell and share a story about “finding your voice” in a time when it matters so much.
What are you most excited for the audience to see and why do you think this story is so important?
It is more than just a love story. It is about humanity and how to be connected with another person regardless of who we are. I think people need to come see the story because it will give a fresh perspective of what listening really is. Not by listening with their eyes or their ears, but with an open heart, mind and soul. Just to sit there and feel entranced in that world. It is imperative to have an open heart and mind in order to make the world a better place.
Seeing the hearing and the deaf people come together, it’s not about who is right and who is wrong and what you would do in their shoes, but when you leave the theater, have that discussion, continue it on after the performance. I think the production is really applicable to life and it’s the perfect story to show that. We really have a fantastic director, team and cast. I am really excited.
You have done film, television and theatre. Do you prefer one medium to another?
I enjoy both for many different reasons, but I would like to explore more film/tv right now.
How did you get involved in acting?
My drama teacher from my middle school begged me to audition for their show. After a week of hesitation, I thought… why not? After I landed a part, rehearsed and performed, I discovered that I found a new “home” and my acting bug.
Do you have a favorite memory from The Hunchback of Notre Dame?
The people I worked with and the trust I had with the director. Also, I think it is quite exciting to break the barrier and know that other deaf talent will have the chance to play Quasimodo. It is like I did