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The Road to Mecca

December 16, 2011—March 4, 2012

American Airlines Theatre

"The Road to mecca is a powerful production... Rosemary harris is magnificent...with strong performances from jim dale and carla gugino" 

Ben Brantley, the new york times

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 TimesThe 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.

The Road to Mecca Cast

Miss Helen
Rosemary Harris
Elsa Barlow
Carla Gugino
Marius Byleveld
Jim Dale

The Road to Mecca Creative

Playwright
Athol Fugard
Director
Gordon Edelstein
Set Designer
Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer
Susan Hilferty
Lighting Designer
Peter Kaczorowski
Original Music & Sound Design
John Gromada

Presented at

American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street

between 7th and 8th Avenues