The Tony award-winning play, The Miracle Worker, will be presented as a free performance at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant on Saturday, February 15, at 7: 30 p.m. in the Chapel Auditorium. The show is presented by the Montana Repertory Theatre Company.
Few stories are as timeless or reveal the courage and resilience of the human spirit as well as The Miracle Worker. The stirring dramatization of the story of Helen Keller and her tutor Annie Sullivan has been mesmerizing audiences for decades.
The Miracle Worker tells the story of Helen Keller, deaf and blind since infancy, who finds her way into the world of knowledge and understanding with the help of Annie Sullivan, her gifted tutor. In some of the most turbulent and emotion-packed scenes ever presented on the stage, Helen overcomes rage and confusion to triumph over her physical disabilities.
The Miracle Worker, playwright William Gibson’s second Broadway effort, is the playwright’s most acclaimed work. His dramatic retelling of the story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan was initially an
Emmy Award-winning teleplay for Playhouse 90. Gibson then adapted it for the stage, where it proved a critical and popular hit, garnering Tony Awards for Gibson, director Arthur Penn, and star Anne Bancroft in 1960. The 1962 film version earned Oscar nominations for Gibson and Penn; its stars, Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, won awards for best actress and best supporting actress, respectively.
Montana Repertory Theatre was established as a professional theatre-in-residence and touring company in 1968 at the University of Montana. UM is one of very few universities in the nation to house a professional touring company, and the only one that incorporates students and faculty into that company.
The free performance of The Miracle Worker is made possible by funding through the Haselmayer Endowment for the Arts at Iowa Wesleyan College. The fund brings a variety of performances, concerts and speakers to the Mount Pleasant campus every year. All are open to the public at no charge.