Brant Russell

The Miracle Worker


Queens Theatre, NYC – 05/2017

By William Gibson

Scenery by Ryan Howell

Lighting by Steven Wolf

Sound by Kevin Semancik

Costumes by Lizzie Donelan

Ayla Schwartz and Betsy Hogg

The production, under the astute direction of Brant Russell, has been wisely adapted from three acts into two, with the many shifts in scene accomplished with tremendous fluidity, aided immeasurably by the superb lighting designer of Steve Wolf. The ambitious two-tiered set designed by Ryan Howell is one of the finest to be seen on the theater’s stage in recent memory.

  • Queens Chronicle

John Little, Mike Boland, and Holly Butler

Holly Butler, Connor Lawrence, and Ayla Schwartz

While Schwartz and Hogg are a dynamic pairing and a thrill to watch, the striking performances of the supporting players make it clear that director Brant Russell wanted to expand the show beyond the two main characters to emphasize how dealing with disabilities can affect an entire family.

  • Queens Times-Ledger

Sarah Folkins, Ayla Schwartz, and Holly Butler

Mike Boland, Holly Butler, Betsy Hogg, and Ayla Schwartz

Connor Lawrence, Holly Butler, and Ayla Schwartz

Ayla Schwartz and Betsy Hogg