The Miracle Worker
May 30- June 5, 2004
Directed by Kim Koukas
By William Gibson
An inspirational story of the human spirit's aspiration to achieve against dismal odds. Placed in the 1880's, a young Helen Keller is stricken with an illness that leaves her deaf, blind and trapped in an unreachable world of darkness and silence. In that world her soul is tortured by the frustration of not being able to communicate with the seeing and hearing world; a world she desperately wants to be a part of. Her only hope is an unorthodox, inexperienced teacher, Annie Sullivan, who is half-blind herself.
Annie's stubborn Irish determination to reach Helen is challenged by Helen's parents, whose pity for her has laid a path for Helen's violent temper tantrums, causing neighborhood children to fear her and a house of servants to turn on her every whim.
Seeing that it is hopeless to teach Helen under these conditions, Annie requests that she be allowed to isolate Helen and make her totally dependent on her for the very air she breathes, so that she can use the basic necessities of life as a primer to teach her from. The request is granted, but only for two weeks.
In two week's time, Annie must do what has never been done before in her time, she must do the impossible; she must perform a miracle and set Helen's tortured soul free.
"I don't know what else to do. Simply go on, keep doing what I've done, and have --faith." - Annie Sullivan, The Miracle Worker
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
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