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ROSEMARY HARRIS (Miss Helen) was born in England but brought up in India. She graduated from RADA with the Bancroft Gold Medal when she was directed by Mary Duff in The Heiress. Her first job in the London theatre was understudying and looking after Nellie the greyhound in The Gay Dog at the Piccadilly Theatre. She then made her London debut in the The Seven Year Itch having already starred in Moss Hart's Climate Of Eden on Broadway. Following a season at the Bristol Old Vic playing Elizabeth Proctor in the British premier of The Crucible she joined the London Old Vic to play Desdemona opposite Richard Burton in Othello followed by Cressida in Tyrone Guthrie's production of Troilus And Cressida. When Ellis Rabb formed APA in 1960 she joined the Company and appeared in productions of works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Sheridan, Chekhov, Ibsen, Wilde, Pirandello and Kaufman and Hart at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. She also played the title role in Peter Pan. In 1962 she appeared in Laurence Olivier's Company at the Chichester Festival Theatre for their first season in the The Broken Heart and Chances and returned the following year for Uncle Vanya. In 1964 she joined the National Theatre to play Ophelia opposite Peter O'Toole in Laurence Olivier's inaugural production of Hamlet followed by IIyena in his production of Uncle Vanya. In 1967 she created the part of Eleanor of Aquitane in The Lion In Winter on Broadway for which she won a Tony Award and in 1969 she was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress for her performance in Plaza Suite. In 1970 she appeared opposite Jack Lemmon in Idiot's Delight at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, in 1971 she played Anna in Peter Hall's production of Old Times on Broadway, 1973 she played Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire and Portia in The Merchant Of Venice at the Lincoln Centre Repertory Theatre directed by Ellis Rabb, in 1975 she played Julie Cavendish in Royal Family on Broadway, 1980 she played Madame Arkadina in The Seagull at the Public Theater in New York followed by the Three Sisters and New York Idea at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in 1982 she appeared in All My Sons in the West End in Heartbreak House with Rex Harrison and Diana Rigg at the Haymarket playing Ariadne Utterwood. She appeared in Heartbreak House on Broadway, again with Rex Harrison but in this production she played Hesione Hushabye. She then played Barbara Jackson in Pack Of Lies on Broadway. In 1985 she spent six weeks at Oxford University lecturing to American drama students after which she returned to Broadway to play Judith Bliss in Hayfever. In July 1986 she opened at the National Theatre in The Petition with John Mills which then transferred to the Wyndhams Theatre. In 1987, she appeared in The Best Of Friends at the Apollo Theater co-starring with Sir John Gielgud and Ray McNally. In 1989, she starred in Steel Magnolias with Miranda Richardson at the Lyric. She starred in the Lyric Hammersmith's production of In The Summerhouse. In 2002, she starred in a highly acclaimed run of Edward Albee's All Over at the Roundabout in NYC. Her numerous television credits include "Notorious Woman" in which she played George Sand for which she was awarded an Emmy for best actress. She was awarded Golden Globe for her portrayal of Berte Weiss. She also appeared in a television special entitled "The Chisholms" in which she co-starred with Robert Preston and "To the Lighthouse" adapted from Virginia Woolf's novel where she played Mrs. Ramsey. She also was in "Strange Interlude". She then completed a BBC play, "Summer Day's Dream" with Sir John Gielgud, directed by Christopher Morahan. Her films include The Boys from Brazil with Greogory Peck and Laurence Olivier, Beau Brummel, A Flea in her Ear, The Shiralee, The Ploughman's Lunch, Sunshine, Tom and Viv, Being Julia. Spider-Man 1, 2 and 3, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead directed by Sidney Lumet and most recently This Means War opposite Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine. She still lectures regularly at Oxford University and is married to the novelist John Ehle and they have a daughter Jennifer who is also an actress (Possession 2002).

CARLA GUGINOCARLA GUGINO (Elsa Barlow). After graduating from high school as class valedictorian, Carla Gugino began a memorable and provocative acting career which today, continues to showcase her many talents and considerable beauty. Gugino was last seen in the major motion picture Mr. Poppers Penguins alongside Jim Carrey and Angela Lansbury. The comedy tells the story of a businessman's struggle to maintain his professional life after inheriting six penguins. The film was released on June 17, 2011. Prior to Mr. Popper's Penguins, Gugino was seen in the Warner Bros. / Legendary drama Suckerpunch where she reunited with Watchmen director Zack Snyder. This film centers around a girl who's institutionalized by her wicked stepfather and retreats into an alternative reality as a coping strategy. Starring alongside Abbie Cornish, Emily Browning, and Jon Hamm, Gugino plays a nurse in the insane asylum who becomes a madam at a brothel in the film's alternate reality. Recently, Gugino filmed New Year's Eve alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Josh Duhamel and Jessica Biel. The romantic comedy is directed by Garry Marshall and is slated to release on December 9, 2011. Gugino starred as 'Abby Rhodes' in the fourth season of Showtime's Emmy award-winning "Californication" as the love interest for David Duchovny's Hank Moody. She was also seen in the HBO hit series "Entourage." The series follows an up-and-coming actor, Vince Chase as he navigates his career in Hollywood. Gugino joined the cast in its fourth season as Vince Chase's new agent 'Amanda Daniels' after he fired his longtime agent played by Jeremy Piven. "Entourage" has continued its success among critics and fans and has earned multiple awards and nominations. Gugino also starred in Faster alongside Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton. The action-packed crime drama was directed by George Tillman Jr. and was released November 24, 2010. Gugino was seen in Elektra Luxx which was directed by and written by Sebastian Gutierrez. This film was the sequel to last year's Women In Trouble which was also directed by Gutierrez. The film premiered at SXSW on March 14th and was next screened at the GenArt Film Festival on April 9th. Gugino was also seen in Every Day with Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24th, 2010. Gugino appeared on Broadway in Desire Under the Elms, a play by Eugene O'Neil and directed by Tony Award recipient Robert Falls. The show ran at the award winning Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL and was picked up for a Broadway run thanks to rave reviews. Gugino received incredible reviews for her stellar performance as Abbie, an alluring and headstrong woman who knows what she wants. Gugino was also seen in the film Watchmen, based on the celebrated DC Comic novel. Zack Snyder (300) directed the film, which also starred Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Goode and Jackie Earle Haley. The film grossed $181 million worldwide. Following Watchmen, Gugino starred in Race To Witch Mountain, opposite Dwayne Johnson. The action adventure, from Walt Disney Pictures, was directed by Andy Fickman (The Game Plan) and advanced from the plot of the 1975 Disney favorite, Escape To Witch Mountain. The film opened at #1 at the box office. Gugino starred opposite Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino in the film Righteous Kill. This crime drama follows to New York City policemen in search of a serial killer. Righteous Kill opened wide and has continued its success in the box office. In 2007, Gugino starred in the critically acclaimed American Gangster opposite Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington under the direction of Ridley Scott, and The Lookout opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gugino also starred in the Spy Kids trilogy of movies opposite Antonio Banderas and had a scene-stealing performance in Robert Rodriguez's Sin City. In 2006, Gugino starred opposite Ben Stiller in Night At The Museum, which was the highest grossing film of that year. Other television credits include her critically acclaimed performances as a government recruit on the CBS series "Threshold" and as the title character in the ABC series "Karen Sisco," based on the Elmore Leonard novel Out Of Sight. Roles in shows like "Chicago Hope" and the ABC sitcom "Spin City" showcased Gugino's wide range of talents in both drama and comedy. Gugino completed a critically lauded performance as Catherine Holly opposite Blythe Danner in a Roundabout Theater Company production of the Tennessee Williams' classic Suddenly Last Summer. She made her Broadway debut in Roundabout's 2004 revival of Arthur Miller's After The Fall. For her performance, she received many accolades, including an Outer Critics' Circle Award nomination and a Theater World award for Outstanding Broadway Debut for her role Maggie. Gugino's film career began auspiciously as she landed a role in the now iconic Troop Beverly Hills. From there, Gugino would go onto roles in Son In Law, This Boy's Life opposite Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio, Miami Rhapsody opposite Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael opposite John Travolta, Snake Eyes in which she starred alongside Nicolas Cage under Brian De Palma's direction, and The Singing Detective opposite Robert Downey, Jr, Robin Wright Penn, and Jeremy Northam. Gugino currently resides in Los Angeles.

CARLA GUGINOJIM DALE (Marius Byleveld). As a Broadway stage actor, Jim has won a Tony Award (Barnum), five Tony nominations (Candide, Scapino, Joe Egg, Barnum, Threepenny Opera), four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Awards and the Lucille Lortel Award. He was nominated for an Academy Award for writing the lyrics for the song "Georgy Girl." He was nominated for a BAFTA Academy Award (Best Newcomer) for Adolph Hitler - My Part in His Downfall. As an audiobook narrator, he has won two Grammy Awards, seven Grammy nominations, and a record ten Audie Awards including Narrator of the Year (2001, 2005, 2007, 2008) and Audio Book of the Year 2004. He has narrated all seven Harry Potter books and been awarded two Guinness World Records; One for creating 146 different character voices for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and a second for occupying the first six places in the Top Ten Audiobooks of America. He was the first inductee into the Audio Hall of Fame and recently was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. In 2003 Queen Elizabeth II honored Jim with the Member of the Order of the British Empire.

ATHOL FUGARD (Playwright) is a South African playwright, novelist, actor and director best known for his political plays opposing the South African system of apartheid. He is the recipient of many awards, honors and honorary degrees, including the government of South Africa's Order of Ikhamanga in Silver "for his excellent contribution and achievements in the theatre" (2005), and he is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His plays include: No-Good Friday, Non-Gogo, Blood Knot, Hello and Goodbye, People Are Living There, Boesman and Lena, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, Dimetos, The Island, A Lesson From Aloes, Master Harold…and the boys, The Road to Mecca, A Place With the Pigs, My Children! My Africa!, Playland, Valley Song, The Captain's Tiger, Sorrows & Rejoicings, Exits and Entrances, Victory, Coming Home, and Have You Seen Us?. He has been seen on stage in South Africa, London, Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theatre in the U.S. Film credits include The Road to Mecca, Gandhi, The Killing Fields, Meetings With Remarkable Men, Marigolds In August, Boesman and Lena, and The Guest. In 2006, the film adaptation of his novel Tsotsi was awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. He is married to the novelist and poet Sheila Fugard. Their daughter, Lisa Fugard, is also a novelist. Athol's latest works, The Train Driver (2010) and The Bird Watchers (2011), debuted at the newly built Fugard Theatre in Capetown, South Africa.

GORDON EDELSTEIN (Director) has directed over a hundred plays, musicals, and operas all across the U.S. as well as Europe. Most recently his acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie played the Roundabout Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum and was the recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. For the Roundabout he also directed the American Premiere of A Skull In Connemara by Martin McDonaugh and Harold Pinter's The Homecoming (with Roy Dotrice and Lindsay Crouse). Other NY work includes: Richard Nelson's Some Americans Abroad (Second Stage), the premiere of BFE by Julia Cho (Playwrights Horizons), The Day The Bronx Died by Michael Henry Brown, and many others. Upcoming projects include the world premiere of Sophie's Choice (Long Wharf Theatre), starring Carla Gugino, the world premiere of Dael Orlandersmith's Horsedreams (Rattlestick), and The Crucible (Hartford Stage). He is entering his tenth year as Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven, CT) where he has recently begun an association with Athol Fugard, directing the premieres of his most recent work: Coming Home, Have You Seen Us? (starring Sam Waterston), and The Train Driver. His directing work at Long Wharf has been recognized by six Connecticut Critics Circle Awards as well as the Tom Killian Award for Outstanding Artist in the State. Before Long Wharf, he served for five years as Artistic Director of ACT in Seattle. He has directed regionally from Washington, DC's Arena Stage to Alaska's Perseverance Theatre, including such plays as Uncle Vanya (also adapted), Mourning Becomes Elektra (also adapted), The Crucible (Wall Street Journal Best Regional Production of the Year), Death Of A Salesman, A Doll's House (also adapted), The Front Page, A Moon For The Misbegotten, We Wont Pay, We Wont Pay, Betrayal, Blithe Spirit, You Cant Take It With You, Hay Fever, and premieres of A Scent Of The Roses (Julie Harris) and A New War by Gippe Hoppe. He recreated his production of The Day The Bronx Died with a British cast at London's Tricycle Theatre and he did the same for his production of The Crucible with a Romanian cast at the National Theatre in Romania. He directed both La Traviata and La Boheme for Connecticut Grand Opera and the world premiere of two operas: The Wild Goose Circus at Pennsylvania Opera Theatre and Black Water at the Opera America Festival. He received an Emmy Nomination for his directing of "Abby My Love" for CBS Television and directed "Street Smart" for HBO and "Notes For My Daughter" for ABC-TV. He has taught directing and acting at NYU, Brown University, and Cornish College for the Arts and has guest lectured at several universities around the country including Yale, Harvard, Carleton and Grinnell Colleges.

The THE ROAD TO MECCA creative team includes Michael Yeargan (Sets), Susan Hilferty (Costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (Lights) and John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design).