Fugard’s “The Road to Mecca” added to the 11-12 Season

Posted on: August 8th, 2011 by Roundabout

We are pleased to present Tony Award® winner Rosemary Harris, Carla Gugino and  Tony Award winner Jim Dale in the Broadway premiere production of Athol Fugard’s play The Road To Mecca, directed by Gordon Edelstein.

The Road to Mecca will begin previews on December 16 and open officially on January 17, 2012 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. This will be a limited engagement through March 4th, 2012.

Additional cast members and the design team will be announced shortly.

The design team includes Michael Yeargan (Sets), Susan Hilferty (Costumes) and John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design).

Our production of The Road to Mecca will begin Athol Fugard’s 80th birthday celebration. Fugard’s “Master Harold”…and the Boys was produced at Roundabout in 2003.

Gordon Edelstein has the distinguished honor of having directed Roundabout’s first Broadway production 20-years ago: Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming at the Criterion Center. Gordon returns to Roundabout having most recently directed the critically acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie (2010) and Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara (2001).

Rosemary Harris was last seen on the Roundabout stage in Edward Albee’s All Over (2002). Carla Gugino made her Broadway debut at Roundabout in Arthur Miller’s After the Fall (2004) and returned to star in Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer (2006).  Jim Dale received Tony Award nominations for both of his performances at Roundabout: Joe Egg (1985) and The Threepenny Opera (2006).

Set in the region of South Africa known as the Karoo, The Road to Mecca tells the story of an elderly woman who has spent the years since her husband’s death transforming her home into an intricate and dazzling work of art. The reclusive Miss Helen (Rosemary Harris) has become depressed and appears increasingly unable to care for herself. Pastor Marius Byleveld, who embodies the village’s conservative values, is determined to get Miss Helen into an old-age home. Her friend Elsa (Carla Gugino), a young teacher from Cape Town who is deeply suspicious of the patriarchal traditions Byleveld represents, is just as determined that Miss Helen remain free.

For more on why artistic director, Todd Haimes, chose The Road to Mecca, click here.

Related Categories:
2011-2012 Season, Roundabout News, The Road to Mecca

  1. Dorothy Weinman

    August 11, 2011

    I will be in Florida for the winter starting late November and will not be back until mid or late April. I am very disappointed that I will miss this show and the great stars in it and wish you could extend the time it will be playing. Thanks!

  2. Peggy Klaus

    August 15, 2011

    What shows will be running between Labor Day and late October?

  3. liz lewy

    August 16, 2011

    When do you expect to publish the spring selections?

  4. Toby Pecker

    August 22, 2011

    What happened to Bob Fosse’s Dancin?



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