The Miracle Worker: The Inspiring Drama About Helen Keller
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by William Gibson
Directed by Megan Wells
First presented on stage in 1959, The Miracle Worker is about Annie Sullivan’s heroic effort to give the blind, deaf and mute 12-year-old Helen Keller the gift of language. In so doing, she also strives to free herself from her own dark past so that she can love again.
The Tony-winning stage adaptation of the Helen Keller story is based on Gibson’s earlier television movie of the same name, which was later filmed for the big screen with Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft. That script, in turn, was based on Helen Keller’s own autobiography, The Story of My Life, in which she detailed her childhood after the illness that robbed her of her sight and hearing.
Village Players’ production of The Miracle Worker is special in that it intends not to just tell a story we know from history far too well, but focuses instead on the universal aspects of the story — that of the human need for both personal dignity and compassionate love.