ABOUT THE PLAY
THE MIRACLE WORKER dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human, and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. With scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie's success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word: "water"
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A DIRector's note
by Angela Lavelle
William Gibson's play and the true story behind it caught my attention at a young age. Annie's perseverance and Helen's struggle to communicate and be a part of the world around her was universal. Shortly after, I saw the 1962 Oscar-winning play and was blown away at the power of the performances. I knew I had to direct the play myself in the future. As I write this, my goal has become a reality as the Banzerini House brings the story to life on stage again.
As you can imagine it's been a lot of hard work. Right now, blocking is complete and we are “off-book” which means the cast has their lines memorized. I couldn't be more proud of the entire production, most importantly the cast and crew.
In life, there are always challenges, even heartbreak, in pursuing our dreams and I know first hand how disheartening it can be. But much like the story of 'The Miracle Worker' I am reminded that no matter how trapped we may feel, there is always someone or something to pull us out of the darkness.