Abigail Breslin has already inhabited some big roles in her 13 years, and now she’ll be tackling one of the most inspiring historical figures: Helen Keller. Abigail will be starring as the woman who was a fierce advocate for those with hearing and seeing disabilities in a revival of William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker on Broadway, the Associated Press reports.
The play is scheduled to open March 3, with previews beginning Feb. 12 at Circle in the Square Theatre.
Alison Pill will play Helen’s teacher Annie Sullivan, who taught the blind and deaf Helen to communicate.
“I am so honored,” Abigail, 13 said in an interview. “It’s like the biggest thing in the world. … I have read the biography of Helen Keller. So I’ve always known the story, and it’s always been something I wanted to play.
“Helen is a hero of mine — for so many reasons. She never gave up on herself and she had so many people who believed in her like her teacher Annie Sullivan.”