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Birthplace of Helen Keller Showcases Miracle in 
William Gibson's Tony Award-Winning American Classic, The Miracle Worker

Decatur, Ala. (June 11, 2020) – An outdoor drama depicting the life of America’s first lady of courage attracts thousands of visitors to the North Alabama town of Tuscumbia every year.  Playwright William Gibson's epic drama, The Miracle Worker, is performed on the grounds of Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, showcasing to the world the miracle that took place in the late 1800s. This year’s production will run on weekends June 26 through July 11.

Produced by the Helen Keller Foundation, Inc, The Miracle Worker runs Friday and Saturday evenings beginning June 26 through July 11 at the birthplace of Helen Keller located at 300 North Commons Street West in Tuscumbia. Now in its 59th season, the live performance recalls the childhood of deaf-blind Helen Keller, who suddenly lost her sight and hearing at the age of 19 months, and the extraordinary teacher, Annie Sullivan, who taught her to communicate with the world. The play carries the audience into the daily disappointments and then the miraculous breakthrough of the young Helen at the guidance of her teacher, with authentic costumes and sets and professional acting. 

Gates open at 7 p.m. Play begins at 8 p.m. Visitors may tour the grounds prior to the play. The home will not be open for tours due to COVID-19 precautions. Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask while touring the grounds. Admission is $15/reserve seats and $10 for general admission. A group rate is offered for groups of 20 or more for $13/person. Special seating is available upon request for persons with special needs with a two-week notice. Tickets may be purchased with a credit card by calling (256) 383-4066. 

William Gibson was an American playwright and novelist who lived November 13, 1914 – November 25, 2008. He won the Tony Award for Best Play for The Miracle Worker in 1959, which he later adapted for the film version in 1962. Both the play and the film adaptation featured Patty Duke as Helen Keller and Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan.

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