The classic American play The Miracle Worker, a story based on true events of how educator Annie Sullivan taught Helen Keller, stricken blind and deaf by illness, to communicate, will be performed at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, beginning Friday, May 22nd.

Sullivan (1866-1936) had been stricken blind by trachoma as a child but regained her sight after a number of surgical procedures.

Keller (1880-1968) ultimately grew up to graduate cum laude from Radcliffe and become an international figure as a suffragette, an advocate for birth control, an activist for the rights of the differently abled, as well as a unionist and a Socialist.

Her circle of friends included Charles Chaplin, Mark Twain and Alexander Graham Bell, and she met every U.S. President from Grover Cleveland through Lyndon B. Johnson.

The Miracle Worker won the Tony Award in 1960.

The play was written by William Gibson and directed and designed by Joel Daavid. Producers are Russell Nichols and Joel Daavid.

The cast of The Miracle Worker includes Erin Shaver (as Annie Sullivan), Carlie Nettles (as Helen Keller), Stuart W. Howard, Julie Austin Felder, Christopher Irving, Marbry Steward, Tara Thomas, Trevor Murphy, Theodore Martinez Jr., Alexandra Aaron, Lucy Angelo, Olivia Echegaray, Jacey Gist, Camille Roberts, and Theodore Mark Martinez.

Associate producers are John D’Aquino, Barbie Nettles. Costume design is by Shon Leblanc and the original score and sound design is by Peter Bayne. The choreographer is Judy Pisarro-Grant.

Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m., except for 1 p.m. May 31st and 3 p.m. June 7th, at Edgemar, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. Parking (fee charged) is available beneath the building (valet and self-parking) or nearby in Public Lot 11.

Admission is $25. For reservations, (310) 392-7327, or for online ticketing, www.edgemarcenter.org/.

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