The following may contain spoilers from The Walking Dead comics and series.
Lauren Ridloff will be stepping onto a very different stage as she joins the cast of The Walking Dead in a multi-episode arc in season 9.
Ridloff made her Broadway debut in Children of a Lesser God, which closed on May 27th, 2018. She had been working as a teacher and was a mother of two when she met with Kenny Leon, who directed the revival of the play written by Mark Medoff in 1980. She schooled Leon on deaf culture and American Sign Language for a year before he asked her to read the part. It also starred Joshua Jackson and Anthony Edwards.
Lesser God opened in March, and had 54 performances before closing. Ridloff played Sarah Norman, and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the role.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the actress is set to play a character called Connie. She is deaf, and a survivor in the apocalypse to has a special sense of incoming conflict. Ridloff herself is a former Miss Deaf America, and will be the first deaf actor to join the AMC series.
In Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic, the character Connie enters in issue 127. That is the point in which the series is currently at-the end of the on-going war with Negan.
Connie is a group-member and follows leader Magna, They create a community in Alexandria yet again. The comic version of Connie is not deaf.