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I went to this play and read this book when I was in grade 4. It had a huge impact on me. It was all I could talk about for weeks. I wanted to go see it again and again. It will always be one of my favorite plays. Another friend just posted a review of Helen Keller's autobiography and I look forward to reading that one too. I would love to see this play with my daughter.
I remember watching as Helen got so upset when she couldn't express herself and fought those who tried ...more
Helen Keller was one of those players. My grandmother said that Helen had to have an interpreter present on stage, not only to convey questions to her, but to interpret her spoken words, since Helen never really mastered speaking well enough to be understood by strangers. At the times my gr ...more
The film, starring Anne Bancroft came out in 1962. Forty years on, those methods would not be allowed.
The full film is on YouTube: http://youtu.be/556xz3Mw7rw
This is my third or fourth go-round with William Gibson's The Miracle Worker. I'll be directing it this fall at my school, and so with any play comes the inevitable multiple-readings; this weekend was my "Design Read," where my focus is redirected from the character, plot, language, and meaning of the show to the practical needs and abstract ideas for a production (where does this tabl ...more
The Miracle Worker was one of those plays intended to reach out to the readers' hearts. The story is of Helen Keller, one of the most iconic figures throughout the world, and her struggle with Annie Sullivan to gain understanding of the world around her.
It portrays a crude glimpse at what Helen's life, and the life of those around her, had in store. Crafted from historical fiction, The Miracle Worker shows how each relation to Helen was "broken" in some way, and how Helen seemed to be the center...more
The play was about Helen Keller when ...more
William Gibson was a Tony Award-winning American playwright and novelist. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1938.
Gibson's most famous play is The Miracle Worker (1959), the story of Helen Keller's childhood education, which won him the Tony Award for Best Pla ...more