Lauren Ridloff was first hired to tutor director Kenny Leon in sign language, The New York Times reports.
Leon was preparing for the Broadway revival of Mark Medoff's 'Children of a Lesser God,' the 1979 play about a romance between a deaf woman and a hearing man.
Leon was so impressed with her that he asked her to be an advisor for the production. What he didn't tell her was that he was thinking of casting her in the star role.
“ ... Kenny asked if I would come in to advise on deaf talent, and I went, innocently unaware that I was up for the role,” she told the Times.
The play is scheduled to open on Broadway in April.
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