A Miracle Worker Casts Her Spell at the Paper Mill Beginning Jan. 23

News   A Miracle Worker Casts Her Spell at the Paper Mill Beginning Jan. 23
 
Annika Boras stars in the title role of William Gibson's The Miracle Worker, which begins previews at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, Jan. 23.

Lily Maketansky and Annika Boras in The Miracle Worker
Lily Maketansky and Annika Boras in The Miracle Worker

Directed by Susan Fenichell, the company features Boras as Anne Sullivan with John Hickok as Captain Keller, Emily Dorsch as Kate Keller, Will Fowler as James Keller, Jordan Barrow as Percy, Cherelle Cargill as Viney, Beth Dixon as Aunt Ev and Stuart Zagnit as Dr. Anagnos. Meredith Lipson and Lily Maketansky play Helen Keller.

The production will officially open Jan. 27 and play through Feb. 24.

"Before Helen Keller became a world famous speaker, author, and advocate," read Miracle Worker press notes, "she was a blind, deaf, and mostly mute child living in Alabama in the 1880's. Misunderstood, pitied, and consequently spoiled by her family, at the age of six she terrorized the household with her tantrums and tricks. Then, Anne Sullivan arrived. She was merely twenty years old herself, but Anne held the key that would unlock the door between Helen and the world. . . . [The play] unfolds the trials and tribulations Anne and Helen encountered as they forged what would become a 49-year-long friendship. From their isolation in the family cottage house to the watershed moment when Helen finally understood the concept of language and communication, The Miracle Worker is a profoundly moving retelling of the groundbreaking work of two pioneers, as well as the volatile relationship between them."

The creative team also features David Zinn (scenic and costume design), Mary Louise Geiger (lighting design), Chuck LaPointe (hair and wig design), Randy Hansen (sound design) and Jennifer Grutza (production stage manager).

The Paper Mill Playhouse is located on Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ. For ticket information call (973) 376-4343 or visit www.papermillorg.

Lily Maketansky and Annika Boras in the Papermill production of <i>The Miracle Worker</i>
Lily Maketansky and Annika Boras in the Papermill production of The Miracle Worker Photo by Shayne Austin Miller
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