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3.6.10

The Miracle Worker

Playwright: William Gibson

I can't believe I've never read this play until now. I had an immediate empathetic response upon finishing it (image: me, in Starbucks, alone & crying). The characters are dynamic and the story is well-known and yet the purity of the moment when Helen understands what Annie is trying to teach her is so powerful.

Character that intrigues me now: Annie.
Acting challenges: All the physical business. So much handling of Helen - not to mention working with a younger actor. What is it like to have been blind? And now be able to see? How does that affect the relationship between Annie and Helen, or how Annie teaches/deals with Helen?

Time: The 1880's
Place: In and around the Keller home in Alabama; also, briefly, the Perkins Institution for the Blind, in Boston.

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