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.

 

Inspired Show Art

by Rory Winter

(age 15)

in rehearsal

act 1

act 2

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