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The Road to Mecca - Broadway

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the premiere of Athol Fugard's drama.

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Playing At

American Airlines Theatre 227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Important Dates

Preview dec 16, 2011
Opening jan 17, 2012
Closing mar 04, 2012



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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 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, 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.

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What is The Road to Mecca Like?
The Road to Mecca is an impassioned drama that centers on the political and personal choices of Miss Helen. Rosemary Harris, Jim Dale and Carla Gugino deliver passionate performances as they pose arguments why Miss Helen should—or shouldn’t—stay in her home. The play ...

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American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd Street New York, NY