THE MIRACLE WORKER Opens 3/30 at Ocean State Theatre

By: Mar. 22, 2016
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Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its fourth season in its comfortable stadium-style theatre in Warwick is proud to present William Gibson's unforgettable, inspiring, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Miracle Worker from March 30 - April 17.

Immortalized on stage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic Tony Award-winning play tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and deaf Helen Keller. The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. With scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie's success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word: "water."

Directed by Producing Artistic Director Amiee Turner, the cast includes Warwick's Laurel McMahon, who returns to OSTC having previously appeared as Balloon Girl in Gypsy, an ensemble member in Meet Me in St. Louis and Young Cosette/Young Eponine in LES MISERABLES. Ms. McMahon will portray the role of Helen Keller. In the role of Annie Sullivan, Ocean State Theatre Company is thrilled to welcome Boston-based actress Brittany Rolfs, who will be making her OSTC debut. Helen's parents, Captain Keller and Kate, will be portrayed by Kristin Wetherington, who made her OSTC debut as Louise in last summer's popular production of Gypsy and Kevin B McGlynn, who returns to OSTC after appearing in Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit) and LES MISERABLES (Javert). Other returning OSTC alumni include Joseph DePietro of New York, who most recently appeared as Edward Rutledge in 1776, Jonathan Fisher of Providence, who appeared in this season's production of Around the World in 80 Days, Jennifer Mischley of Wrentham, who played Alice Beineke in OSTC's season opener, The Addams Family, Staci Morin of Cranston, who is appearing in her fifth production with OSTC, Brooke Lee Ann Boisvert of Burrillville, who was last seen in The King and I and Jerry Carino of Pawtucket, who played Tommy Mara, Jr. in Miracle on 34th Street.

The Miracle Worker will be presented at Ocean State Theatre from March 30 - April 17. Previews are scheduled for Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30 pm and Thursday, March 31 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. All other performances will be held Wednesday (except April 6), Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Thursdays (except April 14), Saturdays at 2:00 pm (except April 2 & 9) and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Conducting Conversations Live!, a free post-show discussion hosted by WCRI's Mike Maino, will follow the 2pm performance on Sunday, April 3.

The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Tickets are $30 for preview performances and $34-$49 for all other performances. Discount rates for groups of 20 or more are available by calling (401) 921-1777 x112. $25 "Rush" tickets are available on a limited basis one hour prior to curtain on the day of the performance. Tickets are on sale at the box office Monday through Friday from 12 noon - 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 12 noon - 4:00 pm, and from 12 noon until curtain time on performance days. Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 921-6800.