Casting Complete for Paper Mill Miracle Worker

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Complete casting has been announced for the Paper Mill Playhouse's upcoming production of William Gibson's The Miracle Worker, which will begin previews at the New Jersey venue Jan. 23, 2008.
Annika Boras
Annika Boras

Directed by Susan Fenichell, the company will feature Annika Boras as Anne Sullivan, John Hickok as Captain Keller, Emily Dorsch as Kate Keller, Will Fowler as James Keller, Elijah Cook as Percy, Cherelle Cargill as Viney, Beth Dixon as Aunt Ev and Stuart Zagnit as Dr. Anagnos. Meredith Lipson and Lily Maketansky will 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 will also feature 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.

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