The Artists of Concordia Theatre (ACT) presents “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson, directed by Mark Bernstein, adjunct professor of theater at Concordia-Chicago. Performances will run April 11-12 and 18-20 at 7:30 p.m., and April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Bergmann Theatre on the University’s campus. All tickets are free, but reservations are strongly encouraged at SignUpGenius.

From Concord Theatricals, immortalized on screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this Tony Award-winning play is the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing at the age of 19 months. With compassion, humor and dramatic tension, “The Miracle Worker” explores the volatile relationship between a lonely teacher and her headstrong charge.

Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, young Helen is violent and spoiled, treated by her family as subhuman. Only Annie sees a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from Helen's dark, tortured silence. After scenes of intense physical and emotional struggle, Helen's breakthrough finally arrives with the utterance of a single, glorious word: “water.”

The Bergmann Theatre is located in the Krentz Center at 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL. Free off-street parking is available in the University’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. ADA-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure.