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#PickoftheWeek | Watch a miracle at Queens Theatre
It’s not easy, but it’s very powerful.
Queens Theatre will present The Miracle Worker, a play that takes a unique look at Helen Keller — the blind/deaf author and political activist who lived in Forest Hills for more than 20 years — starting on Friday, May 12, at 8 pm.
Keller, whose life has been the subject of countless histories, novels, plays, and movies, was unable to communicate until she met a dedicated teacher, Annie Sullivan, who broke through her isolation. She went on to graduate from Radcliffe College (Harvard’s sister school at the time) and lead national campaigns for labor rights, women’s suffrage, and world peace, while also becoming a folk hero among the disabled population.
The Miracle Worker demonstrates Sullivan’s struggles to reach Keller, while also depicting the teacher’s conflicts with her student’s domineering father, heartbroken mother, and resentful brother.
Ayla Schwartz, who starred in Off-Broadway’s Madeline’s Christmas, will play Keller in this production. The 10-year old is following in the footsteps of Elmhurst native Patty Duke who won an Academy Award for her interpretation of Keller in the Broadway version of The Miracle Worker in 1962.
Tickets run from $25 to $42, and shows are May 12, 8 pm; May 13 & 20, 2 pm & 8 pm; May 14 & 21, 3 pm; and May 18, 2 pm. Three of the Saturday performances will have American Sign Language interpretation. (The exception is May 13 at 8 pm).
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