From a release:
Roundabout Theatre Company Presents
THE ROAD TO MECCA
by Athol Fugard
Directed by Gordon Edelstein
Starring Rosemary Harris (Miss Helen), Carla Gugino (Elsa Barlow) and Jim Dale (Marius Byleveld)
Opening Night January 12, 2012
NEW YORK CITY - 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. The Road to Mecca is inspired by the true life story of Helen Elizabeth Martins, the youngest of six children, born and raised in the small South African village of Nieu Bethesda in December 1897. Gordon Edelstein (Roundabout's The Glass Menagerie) directs.
THE ROAD TO MECCA
Evening performances 8pm
Early Curtain Series Performances 7pm
American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036 | Ticket Services: (212) 719-1300
Image: Jim Dale (Marius Byleveld), Carla Gugino (Elsa Barlow) and Rosemary Harris (Miss Helen)