American playwright and screenwriter, Mark Medoff, responsible for writing Tony Award-winning play Children of a Lesser God, died on Tuesday 23rd April 2019 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Mark's daughter Jessica Medoff Bunchman broke the news of his death on Facebook.
Mark Medoff leaves a tremendous legacy. My deepest condolences to his family and the students who loved him. pic.twitter.com/3uoPfttWXt
— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) April 24, 2019
The Las Cruces Sun-News confirmed the cause of Mark Medoff's death to be cancer.
Mr. Medoff served as a screenwriter, director, actor and theater professor but is mostly remembered for his over more than 30 plays.
His plays were often loaded with witty, poetic language and hints of violence.
Mark Howard Medoff was born on March 18, 1940, in Mount Carmel, Ill.
He was born to a therapist mother while his father was in the medical profession.
Mark wanted to follow his father's footsteps but later changes his career path when a teacher told him he had literary talent.
He is best known for his Tony Award-winning play Children of a Lesser God, which was later adapted into a movie.
"Children of a Lesser God" came about when deaf actress Phyllis Frelich told Mark Medoff that there were no substantive roles for deaf actresses, and he vowed to write one. Later, @MarleeMatlin said, he “fought the studio that the role be played by a deaf actor." RIP Mark Medoff. pic.twitter.com/FGda39Ox1X
— DeafInMedia (@DeafInMedia) April 24, 2019
For his contribution to the feature film, Mark Medoff also received an Oscar nomination.
Medoff is now survived by his wife, Stephanie Thorne, two daughters, Rachel Harrison and Debra Medoff Marks, and eight grandchildren.
Mark Medoff was 79 when he died of cancer on April 23, 2019.