Mark Medoff, Tony Award-Winning ‘Children of a Lesser God’ Playwright, Dies at 79

Mark Medoff, the prolific playwright and educator best known for his 1979 play “Children of a Lesser God,” died Tuesday of undisclosed causes. He was 79.

His death was announced on Facebook by his daughter, Jessica Medoff Bunchman. The Las Cruces Sun News reported that he was battling cancer at the time of his death.

“It’s heartbreaking to see him move on from this place, but so heartwarming to remember the enormous love he gave,” Medoff Bunchman wrote Tuesday.

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Born in 1940 in Illinois and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, Medoff studied at the University of Miami and Stanford, beginning his career in theater in 1966 with his first play, “The Wager.”

He wrote prolifically over the next decade, but his breakthrough came with “Children of a Lesser God.” The play, which follows the complicated relationship between a deaf woman and her former teacher, was a critical and popular success,

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