Frelich and Matlin Unite for Screen Adaptation of Sweet Nothing in My Ear

News   Frelich and Matlin Unite for Screen Adaptation of Sweet Nothing in My Ear Children of a Lesser God Tony winner Phyllis Frelich and her Academy Award-winning film counter-part, Marlee Matlin, will star in the screen adaptation of Stephen Sachs' play Sweet Nothing In My Ear for Hallmark Hall of Fame television.

Emmy winner Jeff Daniels and Ed Waterstreet, co-founder of the Deaf West Theatre, join Matlin and Frelich in "Sweet Nothing in My Ear," which is currently aiming for an April 2008 bow on CBS television.

In "Sweet Nothing In My Ear," "Laura (Matlin), who is deaf, and Dan (Daniels), who is hearing, are an attractive young couple happily married for nine years. Their son Adam was born hearing, but by age six has also become deaf," press notes state. "When Dan decides to pursue the possibility of a cochlear implant for his boy – [a tiny device that would allow him to regain his hearing] – a divisive wedge is driven between husband and wife that threatens to shatter their marriage."

Marlee Matlin earned an Academy Award for her portrayal of Sarah Norman in the film adaptation of Children of a Lesser God, the role which earned Frelich a Tony Award on Broadway. "Sweet Nothing In My Ear" finds Frelich portraying Matlin's mother, marking the first time the two actresses have worked together.

Sweet Nothing in My Ear received its world premiere in 1997 at Los Angeles' Fountain Theatre, where Sachs serves as co-artistic director. Emmy Award winner Joseph Sargent directs the screen adaptation.

Frelich has appeared on Broadway in Children of a Lesser God, Prymate and the Deaf West revival of Big River. Her screen credits include "Children on Their Birthdays," "L.A. Law," "Diagnosis Murder" and "ER." Marlee Matlin's screen credits include "The L Word," "The West Wing," "It's My Party" and "Children of a Lesser God."

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