The Bayou Playhouse presents William Gibson's southern classic, The Miracle Worker, a play based on Helen Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life. The Tony Award winning play will open on Friday, May 15 and run through Sunday, June 7 at the Bayou Playhouse in Lockport.
The Miracle Worker is the powerful, heart-warming story of blind-deaf Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, the teacher who through persistence, love and stubbornness, rescued young Helen from a life of isolation and darkness. Adapted into an Oscar Award winning film starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, The Miracle Worker was the first play directed by Perry Martin 28 years and 130 productions ago.
"I've wanted to restage this play for 28 years with the insight of being legally blind and many more years of experience as a director," Bayou Playhouse Artistic Director Martin said. "Finding the right time, place and actors took a little longer than I thought it would."
The right place happened when Martin, David Guidry and Karissa Kary co-founded the Bayou Playhouse in 2008. The cast started to come together when actors who Martin wanted to work with became available from their busy film schedules.
Martin found his Helen Keller in young, Galliano native Dru DeLaney. DeLaney is currently a student at the New Orleans Conservatory for Creative Arts and has appeared on the Playhouse stage in previous productions.
Then came stage, film and television actress Lucy Faust. She has appeared multiple times on Treme', American Horror Story and other films. An added plus, which Martin discovered after casting her in the role of Annie Sullivan, was that Lucy is actually Helen Keller's great-great niece.
Joining Delaney and Faust on stage are Bayou Playhouse veterans, Houma actress Jillian Vedros-Rowan (Steel Magnolias) and Dane Rhodes (Turtles & Alligators, Torn Page). Rhodes' numerous film credits include Django Unchained, Looper and A Love Song for Bobby Long which he co-starred in with John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson. He is currently filming The Free State of Jones with Matthew McConaughey.
Other cast members include Rhonda Dents, Seth Mitchell, Hailey Thibodeaux and Thibodaux Playhouse past and present presidents Daphne and Roger Hernandez.
“I just adore having Daphne and Roger on stage at the Bayou Playhouse. Not only are they both very talented actors, but the connection with the Thibodaux Playhouse where Perry Martin’s beginnings are, makes this an exciting time for us,” stated Producing Managing Director Cindy Griffin.
The Bayou Playhouse is located at 101 Main Street in Lockport. The Miracle Worker will open at the Bayou Playhouse on Friday, May 15 and run through Sunday, June 7. Tickets prices are $25 in advance online or $27 at the door. Performances run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
For ticket purchases, season subscriptions, corporate sponsorship or other information about the Bayou Playhouse, visit www.bayouplayhouse.com or call 1-888-99-BAYOU (22968).
Posted on Tue, May 12, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette