THE STORY: The action of the play takes place in Boston, seventeen years after the events of The Miracle Worker. Helen is now an honor student at Radcliffe, and she and Annie have undertaken to write a book about their remarkable experiences. A young instructor of English from Harvard, John Macy, is engaged to help them, and Annie, yielding to an overpowering need to pursue a life of her own, soon falls in love with him. Their marriage, and the disruptive domestic triangle that results, leads to the compelling crisis of the play. After years of total dedication to her charge, Annie finds her loyalties divided, and Helen, herself aware of strong sexual stirrings, contributes to the growing discord and the inevitable failure of her mentor’s marriage. As the play ends the two women accept the inescapable truth of their condition—that they are inextricably bound together and must find, in each other, whatever rewards life might bring.
A powerful, probing work by one of our theatre’s major writers, first presented at the Spoleto Festival, in Charleston, South Carolina, and then brought to Broadway with Jane Alexander and Karen Allen in the featured roles. The sequel to this author’s celebrated The Miracle Worker, the present play takes up the story of its famous protagonists at a later point, when Helen Keller has come to young womanhood and Annie Sullivan finds her attention diverted by the love of younger man. “It is a play at once more conventional yet potentially more appealing than its predecessor.” —NY Post. “Playwright Gibson, Director Arthur Penn and the entire cast ignite one of those blazing bonfires that keep serious dramatic theatre inextinguishable” —Time Magazine. “MONDAY AFTER THE MIRACLE tells of three unusual people at once locked together in love and torn apart by jealousy.” —NY Times.