2011-12 Season

Last Performance:
March 4, 2012

Did you know this is Carla Gugino's third show with Roundabout?

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The Road to Mecca

Tony®, Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award–winner Rosemary Harris (The Royal Family, Roundabout’s All Over) returns to Roundabout alongside the remarkable Carla Gugino  (“Entourage,” Roundabout's After the Fall) and Tony winner Jim Dale (Barnum, Roundabout’s The Threepenny Opera) in this celebrated work from preeminent South African playwright and Lifetime Achievement Tony winner Athol Fugard (Roundabout’s “MASTER HAROLD”…and the boys).
Acclaimed as “striking, compassionate and Fugard's most personal play” by The New York Times, The Road to Mecca tells the story of an eccentric elderly artist facing mounting pressure to abandon her independent life for a church retirement home. Out of desperation, she calls upon her only confidant, a fiery young teacher from Cape Town. When the village minister arrives to coax out her decision, the three enter a blazing showdown that pits conformity against free expression… faith in community against faith in oneself.
Set against the charged backdrop of South African apartheid, The Road to Mecca is a beautifully crafted tribute to the artist’s indomitable spirit. Gordon Edelstein (Roundabout's The Glass Menagerie) directs.
Evening performances 8pm
Early Curtain Series (February 14–24) Performances 7pm 
Matinees 2pm
Pictured at top: Jim Dale, Carla Gugino and Rosemary Harris

Tony®, Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Rosemary Harris, with the remarkable Carla Gugino and Tony winner Jim Dale, star in Tony winner Athol Fugard's play about an artist making her last stand for free expression in apartheid South Africa.

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Ben Brantley of the New York Times calls The Road to Mecca, directed by Gordon Edelstein, a "powerful production." Rosemary Harris is "magnificent," with "strong performances from Jim Dale and Carla Gugino."

Who's Who

Rosemary Harris
Miss Helen
Carla Gugino
Elsa Barlow
Jim Dale
Marius Byleveld
Athol Fugard
Gordon Edelstein


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).





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