Helen Keller & Annie Sullivan: From Darkness to Light


“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.” ~Helen Keller

Most of us know Helen Keller as the deaf-blind woman who was able to break out of her “double dungeon of darkness and silence” through the teaching and determination of young Anne Sullivan, who herself struggled with partial blindness. But less well-known are other fascinating details about Helen Keller… and the equally admirable teacher who dedicated her life to supporting Helen’s dreams. 

Once referred to by Winston Churchhill as “the greatest woman of our age,” Helen Keller’s story extends far beyond what we see in the classic play and film, “The Miracle Worker.” 

From her breakthrough with language at the well, to her friendship with Alexander Graham Bell and Mark Twain, to her work as an advocate for social change, to the accusations of fraud, Candy and Ashley discuss how Helen was able to navigate the many “bends in the road” she encountered with strength and conviction.

Special Thanks to Kennedy Brown and Laura Adams

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Show Notes for Episode 69!

Photo Credits: Top Row L to R: Portrait of Helen Keller as a young girl, with a white dog on her lap (August 1887) Source: American Foundation for the Blind website; Anne Sullivan Source: Perkins School for the Blind; Wikipedia – Helen Keller in 1899 with lifelong companion and teacher Anne Sullivan. Photo was taken by Alexander Graham Bell at his School of Vocal Physiology and Mechanics of Speech.

Far left column/Top to bottom: Helen Keller Foundation website; Helen Keller and Alexander Graham Bell  (Getty Images); Helen Keller with Eisenhower, Helen Keller Foundation website

Right column: Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker, 1960 Source: Wikipedia

Bottom row: L to R: Wikipedia Helen Keller with Patty Duke, who portrayed Keller in both the play and film The Miracle Worker (1962). In a 1979 remake, Patty Duke played Anne Sullivan;
Helen Keller Death Notice – New York Times

Below: Assortment of staged photos from The Theatre Downstream’s production of “The Miracle Worker” (2017) Directed by Laura Adams and featuring Ashley as Annie Sullivan, Candy as Kate Keller, Brian Douglas Barker as Capt. Keller, and Kennedy Brown as Helen Keller, along with William Carnal as James Keller and Courtney Willis as Aunt Ev – Photography by George Fabish







Book Ashley references during the podcast
Book Ashley references during the podcast


A retrospective from the main cast and director of “The Miracle Worker” (2021)

Published by ashley raymer-brown

Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Her first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was recently featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Her memoir recalling her experience creating a film on a micro budget, “The Why Not Philosophy or How We Learned to Let Go, Trust God and Defeat the Raptors,” was released February 2015 and is available on Amazon.com. Her second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released on Amazon.com and Vimeo.com in the summer of 2016. Ashley is also a long-time lover of all things theatre and in the spring of 2014, she helped found and became the Vice-President of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” Their first large scale summer musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was awarded Best Musical (Local), Best Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Actress in a Musical (Local), and Best Set Design by the BroadwayWorld Louisville awards in 2016, and their 2017 production of "Annie" sold over 2,100 tickets, a company record-breaking number! No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world and the opportunity to share her thoughts, aspirations, and misadventures. Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies. External websites: “No Lost Cause”- NoLostCausedvd.com The Theatre Downstream- TheTheatreDownstream.com “The Why Not Philosophy”- http://www.amazon.com/Why-Not-Philosophy-Learned-Raptors/dp/1508557004/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455555613&sr=8-1&keywords=ashley+raymer-brown

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