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The inspiring story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, the teacher who opened the world to a blind and deaf child. When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life. William Gibson's play tells the story of young Helen Keller, blind, deaf, and mute since infancy, who is in danger of being sent to an institution. Her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. In desperation, her parents seek help from the Perkins Institute, which sends them a "half-blind schoolgirl" named Annie Sullivan to tutor their daughter. Through persistence and love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie attempts to break through Helen's walls of silence and darkness to teach her to communicate. Only her teacher realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark. The play was written following Gibson's discovery of Sullivan's letters detailing her experiences teaching a young deaf and blind child in Alabama in the late 1800s. The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - - they must be felt with the heart.

Show Details

  • Dates:Closed on
  • Location:The City Theater, Austin