Denver, CO 80230
by William Gibson
Directed by Peter J. Hughes
This classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. “The Miracle Worker” dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, 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. Thus begins their weeks long journey through the labyrinth of Helen’s mind, to the moment of the Miracle that would crack Helen’s world wide open; healing a family, establishing a profound life-long friendship, and unlocking one of the most intellectual minds of her time.
Director Peter J. Hughes said, “I have always been fascinated by the workings of the human mind; our need to communicate, our hunger to be heard, and our ability to create language. Annie Sullivan’s commitment in navigating a path to reach Helen Keller’s soul, unlock her mind, and give her a voice, is an inspiration that has, and continues to have, a profound influence in my own awakening to purpose and finding my voice as a spiritual teacher and facilitator. There is nothing more precious than the moment we make a connection that expands our awareness, liberates our highest potential, and reveals the world in the Light of infinite possibility.”
The cast includes Julie Kaye Wolf (Anne Sullivan), Hannah Ford (Helen Keller), Seth Harris (Captain Keller), Linda Williams (Kate Keller), Mike Moran (James Keller) with ensemble members Diane Thiemann (Aunt Ev), Jim Valone (Doctor), John Peacock (Jimmy), Clint Heyn (Anagos), Larissa Fleming (Martha), Lorraine Scott (Viney) and Jean Schuman (Percy).
“The Miracle Worker” is William Gibson’s most famous play which won him the Tony Award for Best Play after he adapted it from his original 1957 telefilm script. He adapted the work again for the 1962 film version, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay; the same actresses who previously had won Tony Awards for their performances in the stage version, Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, received Academy Awards for the film version as well.
Running time: 2 hours with one intermission.