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"Miracle Worker" comes to Edison Theatre

February 1, 2013

 

Mammoth residents can look forward to an exciting February at the Edison Theatre when the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre opens “The Miracle Worker.”

 

The original play debuted on Broadway in 1959 to critical acclaim. It will run in Mammoth Lakes from Feb. 7 through Feb. 24, starting at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 4 p.m. on Sundays.

 

Bring $20, unless you are a senior or student ($18), or are under 16 ($10).

 

Shira Dobrovner, director of “The Miracle Worker,” said the theater will donate $2 from every paid ticket to be split between Mammoth Elementary, Middle School, and High School on the nights of February 8, 14, 15, 21, and 23. 

 

“Time” magazine called the original production “a story that, however well known, acquires stunning new reality and affectingness on the stage,” and the New York Times called it “profoundly moving.”

 

For the 1962 film version, both Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, who also starred in the Broadway version, won Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for their roles as Sullivan and Keller.

 

“The Miracle Worker” is the story of a woman who discovers a way to teach a young girl who is deaf, blind, and mute.

 

In Tuscumbia, Ala., an illness renders infant Helen Keller blind, deaf, and consequently mute. Pitied and badly spoiled by her parents, she learns no discipline and grows into a wild, raging creature by the age of six. 

 

Desperate, the Kellers hire Anne Sullivan to serve as a governess and teacher for their young daughter. 

 

After several fierce battles with Helen, Anne convinces her parents she needs two weeks alone with her if she is to achieve any progress in her education. In that time, she teaches her discipline and language through the use of her fingers, a breakthrough that has a direct effect on everyone’s life and the way they live it.

 

The play ends here, but the miracle does not. 

 

Helen Keller is now remembered as a prolific author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Keller was well traveled and outspoken in her convictions, campaigning for women’s suffrage and labor rights among other causes. 

 

Anne Sullivan, herself a visually impaired but an extraordinary student, is remembered for her “miracle” in every adaptation of this play.

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