Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tucson: UA's Arizona Repertory Theatre presents 'The Miracle Worker.'



From: Anne Gardner []
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 10:27 AM
Subject: Press Release for ART's Miracle Worker



UA’s Arizona Repertory Theatre performs the drama ‘The Miracle Worker.’


Dates & Times:

Previews: February 10 at 1:30 p.m. & February 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Evenings: February 13-16, 21-23, 29* & March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Matinees: February 17, 23, 24, March 1 & 2 at 1:30 p.m.

* The February 29 performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language.


Place: Marroney Theatre on the UA campus located near the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard.


Cost/Admission: General $26, Senior Citizen/UA Employee/Military $24, Student $19, Preview $17.


Ticket Information: UA Fine Arts Box Office, (520) 621-1162.


Parking: Theatregoers may park in the Park Avenue Garage, located on Park Ave. just north of Speedway Blvd.  For weekday evening performances, you can pre-pay for parking.  Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, take your parking ticket immediately to the garage cashier after parking.  Cashier is located on the east side of the main level.  Parking fee will be $3 (cash only).  After the performance, insert the parking ticket at the gate to exit.  Saturday and Sunday there is no charge to park.


Production Information: “The Miracle Worker,” by William Gibson.  Presented by the UA School of Theatre Arts Arizona Repertory Theatre (ART) and guest directed by Stephanie Campbell.


Season Producer Sponsor: The Harris

Season Media Sponsors: KUAT-FM & KUAZ-AM/FM

Production Sponsor: Green Fields Country Day School


Winner of the 1960 Tony Award for Best Play, “The Miracle Worker” tells the incredible story of Helen Keller, a young woman trapped in a world of silence and darkness.  Deaf, blind, and mute, with no way to communicate, she fought anyone who tried to help her with an intense, furious desperation.  Then Annie Sullivan came.  A strong, determined, half-blind woman fueled by her troubled past, she began the daunting struggle to reach Helen and bring her into the world at last.


Guest director Stephanie Campbell describes it as a story encompassing “the essence of dignity, hope, spirit, possibilities, and what humans can reach for and accomplish under the most adverse of conditions or experiences.”


Campbell is an alumna of The University of Arizona, having graduated in 1983 with an MFA in Acting/Directing.  Over the past six years, she has returned to share and lead actor training Mask workshops for students in the School of Theatre Arts.  Campbell is currently a full Professor of Theatre at Montana State University in Bozeman, and has taught Stage and Screen Acting there for 24 years.  Her theatre research has taken her to China (Fulbright), Bali (Masks), Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Nepal (performance and Masks), Germany (Sabbatical teaching, and return trips in Masks), and South Africa (teaching).  In March and April, she will return to China (Senior Fulbright) to lead actor training Mask workshops for one month.  She will also be leading stateside Mask workshops this spring, and throughout future spring semesters, as she is now on half-time retirement from her home university, which frees her time up to allow for multiple Mask workshops and an intense traveling schedule.


Audience Enrichment: Learn more about “The Miracle Worker” through exciting pre- and post-show discussions, which are free and open to the public.


Post-show discussion: February 17, immediately after the performance in the Marroney Theatre.  Meet the actors during a Q&A segment facilitated by guest speakers.


Pre-show discussion: February 21 at 6:45 p.m.; check signage in the Tornabene Theatre lobby for discussion location.  Guest speakers will lead an exciting dialogue where you can get behind-the-scenes information about the production.


Experience more about “The Miracle Worker” through a new blog spot at  It features photos, articles, and other information designed to enhance your experience with the show.


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