The Miracle Worker

by  William Gibson

Full Length Play, Drama  /  7m, 7f

Immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, 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.

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The Miracle Worker

by  William Gibson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 7f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, 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. With scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie's success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word: "water."
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Accolades

  • WINNER! 1960 TONY AWARD - Best Play

Reviews

"Interesting, absorbing and moving." - The New York Post

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Setting:

    The 1880's. In and around the Keller homestead in Tuscumbia, Alabama; also, briefly, the Perkins Institution for the Blind, in Boston.

  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

7m, 7f
A DOCTOR
KATE - Helen's mother
CAPTAIN KELLER - Helen's father, Kate's husband
HELEN - struck deaf and blind by a fever she had as an infant
MARTHA - a servant child
PERCY - a servant child
AUNT EV
JAMES KELLER - Captain Keller's son
ANAGNOS - instructor at the Perkins Institute for the Blind
ANNIE SULLIVAN - 20, Helen's teacher, has a severe vision impairment
VINEY - a servant
BLIND GIRLS - students at the Perkins Institute
A SERVANT
OFFSTAGE VOICES
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

William Gibson

William Gibson

THE MIRACLE WORKER was first presented at the Playhouse Theatre in New York City on October 19, 1959. It was directed by Arthur Penn.

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