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Discussion to highlight historical significance of 'The Miracle Worker' play

June 30, 2017 - Robbie Goodrich
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Audience members who attend the July 6 performance of William Gibson's play "The Miracle Worker" presented by the School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University will experience a unique opportunity to ask questions and discuss the play with student actors, the play's director and professionals within the disabilities training field.

Instructors in the Visual Impairment/Orientation & Mobility program at SFA, including Michael Munro, program director, and Dr. Scott Whitney, assistant professor of human services, will join SFA theatre students Taylor Solice, the play's dramaturg, Cecily Maucieri, who plays Helen Keller, and Aubrey Moore, who plays Anne Sullivan, in the Downstage Theatre following the July 6 performance to present their views on the play and its importance in advancing disability awareness.

Moderator for the talkback discussion is Dr. Inga Meier, assistant professor of theatre at SFA and the play's director.

The play is part of the School of Theatre's SummerStage Festival, which also features the children's show "Ivy + Bean the Musical," with book, music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen and based on books by Annie Barrows as illustrated by Sophie Blackall.

Gibson's play offers a historical glimpse into the lives of Keller and Sullivan and provides a look at the deaf-blind student and her instructor before they became well-known figures and advocates for people with disabilities.

Final performances of "The Miracle Worker" are at 7:30 p.m. July 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13; and at 2 p.m. July 15. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students/youth.

The Downstage Theatre is located in Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/ or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.