At age 40, Lauren Ridloff, who had no professional theater experience ever, and who is deaf, was offered a starring role, CBS News reports.
Asked by an interviewer "Is there a part of you that still can't quite believe it's real?" she replied: "A part of me? No, all of me!"
In the revival of "Children of a Lesser God," Lauren plays Sarah, a cleaning woman at a school for the deaf who falls in love with a hearing teacher, played by Joshua Jackson.
Lauren was born deaf to hearing parents. She had left her job as a kindergarten teacher to raise her children when the director of the play, Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon, was looking for someone to help him learn about deaf culture.
Her first meeting with the director was at a coffee bar in Brooklyn.
"I wanted to meet him in places where he could see how I interacted with other people out in the world," Lauren said. "And one day, out of the blue, he asked me to meet with the casting director."
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