The Miracle Worker
CATEGORY: MAIN EVENT
CATEGORY: MAIN EVENT
Performance Location: New Hazlett Center for Performing Arts
6 Allegheny Square E., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Performance times are at 7:30 on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2:30 on Sundays
The Miracle Worker
by William Gibson
Directed by Wayne Brinda, Ed.D.
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Explore the boundaries of the senses as we venture inside this true story of young Helen Keller, who was blind, deaf, and struggling to connect. Her teacher, Annie Sullivan, is our courageous guide to reach Helen's isolation and bring her into contact with the outside world.
November 3 – 12, 2023
Prime Stage Theatre is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all patrons. Please identify any special seating needs to our Box Office staff when reserving your tickets in advance on-line or by calling Prime Stage Public Performance Box Office at the New Hazlett 412.320.4610
Performances times: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30
Sensory-inclusive Performance: Saturday November 11th at 2:30
Audio Description, Signed Interpreted and Live Caption: Sunday November 12 at 2:30
Post-Show Audience Discussion with Gary Rogers
Gary is the president and founder of the Oakmont Historical Society. His area of interest is with the history of Oakmont and the surrounding area. He has authored six books on local history and conducts lectures on the history of Oakmont and the Allegheny Valley.
The Miracle Worker Cast
Ezra Archibald Portraying Percy
Ezra is an 8-year-old 3rd grader at Pittsburgh Linden. His favorite subjects are Math and Science. He is the youngest of three children. Ezra loves reading, conducting science experiments, and learning about animals. Ezra recently developed an interest in acting through a workshop at his school in 2022. Ezra also plays football for the Southside Bears where he plays free safety and defensive end. Ezra hopes to become a scientist when he grows up.
John Dolphin Portraying Dr. Anagnos
John was last seen in The Servant of Two Masters at the Pittsburgh Savoyards. He has been seen with Prime Stage in the productions of A Wrinkle in Time and The Boxcar Children. Last year he was seen in Painting Lessons during the CSA Series at the New Hazlett Theater. Previously he understudied the role of (The Legionnaire / Mike) for What the Constitution Means to Me at City Theatre. Other local appearances include The Pittsburgh New Works Festival, The Young Playwrights Festival at City Theatre, and The New Renaissance Theatre. He has performed at the Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo where he also worked as a teaching artist. New York City credits include productions at the Off-Center Theatre, The New Theatre, The American Folk Theatre and The Music Theatre Lab.
Rick Dutrow Portraying Captain Keller
Rick started his professional acting career at the age of 17 playing Mercutio. Rick went on to study as a Theatrical Performance major at St. Vincent and Seton Hill Colleges. Rick has been performing for over 40 years on various Pittsburgh area stages, television productions, and feature films. He most recently costarred in season one of Showtime’s American Rust as the recurring character Nolan Danek and you may have seen his depiction of Serebryakov this summer in ThroughLine Theatre’s production of Uncle Vanya. Rick is married to the beautiful actress, Stephanie Swift, and has three incredible adult children! This is Rick’s first project with Prime Stage Theatre, he is very honored to be part of this incredible cast and is thrilled to work for the second time under Mr. Wayne Brinda’s Direction. Rick personally commends you for your support of the Arts!
Lynne Franks Portraying Aunt Ev
Lynne is honored to portray Aunt Ev in The Miracle Worker with old and new friends at Prime Stage Theatre. Many thanks to Wayne and Connie and the entire cast, crew, and production team, for making this experience as joyful as past productions here, including Arsenic and Old Lace, Walk Two Moons, The Devil's Arithmetic, The Westing Game, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Favorite roles in other local venues, include Sala in Letters to Sala, Sr Aloysious in Doubt, a Parable, Madam Arnfelt in A Little Night Music, Hanna/Ethel Rosenberg in Angels in America and others. It’s a privilege to share a part of this production with you.
Linda Haston is Portraying Viney
As an Actor’ Equity Association performer, she has directed and/or performed for the past 23 years with local Pittsburgh professional theatre companies. Some favorite performance roles: Jeannette in City Theatre’s 2005-2006 season opener of Crowns; Tituba, in Quantum Theatre’s and Prime Stage Theatre’s production of The Crucible and Mrs. Dickson in Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel at City Theatre and Henry from the Club on National Tour and in Pittsburgh, 2009 as Addie in The Little Foxes and in 2013 a Citizen in Our Town at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. She has directed and/or performed from 2008 to 2018 at Off the Wall Productions seasons: How I Learned to Drive, Four Dogs and a Bone and the Club which she also choreographed and performed, Baby Makes Seven, The Whale, An Accident and World Builders. She has performed her acclaimed one woman show Mother Lode written by Virginia Wall Gruenert, Artistic Director at Off the Wall Theatre Productions in Repand in February 2018 performed it successfully Off Broadway in New York and in June of 2023 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Sojourner in 2020 was her main stage directing debut with Prime Stage Theatre having assisted directed The Diary of Anne Frank. She has performed with Prime Stage in past productions which include To Kill a Mockingbird. She is also the Education Director/Teaching Artist for Prime Stage’s Educational outreach programming which is led by Literacy in ACTion (LACT). After performing in The Miracle Worker, she will be directing Prime Stage’s production of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Kendall Knotts Portraying Helen Keller
Kendall Knotts is a 5th grader at Central Christian Academy. She is very excited to be involved in her first Prime Stage production, but Kendall is no stranger to the stage. She has been seen as Madeline in Madeline’s Christmas, as Jojo in Seussical Jr, as Charlie in Willy Wonka Jr and in the ensemble of Captain Louie Jr, where she learned ASL and was fortunate to work with some of her peers from Little Lake Theatre, as well as students from the Western PA School for the Deaf. Kendall can’t wait to help tell the incredibly inspirational story of Helen Keller.
Adjoa Opoku-Dakwa Portraying Martha
Adjoa is thrilled to join the cast of The Miracle Worker. She is an 8th grade theater major at Pittsburgh CAPA and has been in several productions at her school. Outside of CAPA, Adjoa's other roles include being a dancer in Hill Dance Academy Theater’s Black Nativity, Pittsburgh Public Theater's A Christmas Story, Pittsburgh Playwright Theater’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and several productions with Hope Academy. In 2022 and 2023, Adjoa also won 1st place in the youth monologue and scene divisions respectively, of the Pittsburgh Public’s Shakespeare competition. She loves playing piano, singing, acting and dancing. Adjoa sends thanks to her amazing family, friends, and teachers.
Stacia Paglieri Portraying Kate Keller
Stacia is delighted to be in another Prime Stage Theatre production alongside such an amazing cast and crew! Stacia graduated from Point Park University with a BFA in Acting and continued to train and work in New York City for several years in theater and film. Upon returning to Pittsburgh, she premiered the role of Mary Shelley in the world premiere adaptation of Frankenstein with Prime Stage. Some other credits include As You Like It and All’s Well That Ends Well at Longmont Theatre Company in Colorado, where she is originally from. Stacia is honored to help share this powerful story of perseverance, and thanks her loved ones for their enduring support.
Peter Stamerra Portraying James Keller
Peter is thrilled to return to Prime Stage Theatre! Having previously appeared in All Quiet on the Western Front (Tjaden) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Charlie), Peter is now a senior Musical Theatre major at University of the Arts. His most recent musical credits include Urinetown (Mr. McQueen, Bobby u/s) and Head Over Heels (Musidorus).
Holland Adele Taylor Portraying Anne Sullivan
Holland is thrilled to be making her Prime Stage Theatre debut! Holland earned her B.A. degree in Theatre Performance at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Some of her past favorite roles include Buried Child (Shelly), The Wolves (#25), and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Siobhan). She would like to thank the cast and crew for their dedicated efforts and collaborative spirit with building this story, as well as her family, friends, and boyfriend for their endless love and support. Enjoy the show! IG: hollandadele
Cole Datsko Portraying Cole the Dog
Cole is co-owner, co-founder, and co-operator of ‘The FURgh’ a self service dog wash and pet marketplace in South Park. Prior to opening the FURgh, Cole has been a loyal companion since being adopted as a puppy in April 2018. When not busy being a 2 brand mascot and shop dog, he enjoys being outside with his mom, going for walks, hiking, running with his best buddy Angela, water sports, and loves his chew bones! Cole is also an avid swimmer and dock diver, with his longest dock dive being an impressive 18 feet! This friendly boy enjoys meeting and making new friends and loves to talk to everyone he meets. Cole is very excited to participate in his very first play and share the stage with his new friends.
A Pittsburgh Connection!
Helen Keller attended Wade's school in Oakmont on 833 Hulton Road in 1893 along with Anne Sullivan. Keller became a close acquaintance of the Wade family and visited often during the summer. Keller and Sullivan were also made honorary members of the Oakmont Women's Club.
Annie Sullivan & Trials of Helen Keller Graphic Novel.
Today In History: Helen Keller Meets Anne Sullivan.
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Rare Photo of Helen Keller Discovered.
Helen Keller meets Anne Sullivan, her teacher and ‘miracle worker.’
Rare Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan (1930 Newsreel Footage).
Helen Keller with Mother & Brother - 1919 Footage.
Helen Keller Speaks Out.
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