The Road to Mecca 2012

Run Time:
2 hours, 25 minutes, with one intermission
Opened: January 17, 2012
Closing: March 04, 2012

The Road to Mecca - 2012 - Broadway History , Info & More

Todd Haimes Theatre (Broadway)
229 W. 42nd St. New York, NY

Tony Award®, Emmy Award® and Golden Globe Award® winner Rosemary Harris returns to Roundabout alongside the remarkable Carla Gugino and Tony winner Jim Dale in this celebrated work from preeminent South African playwright, Tony winner Athol Fugard.



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 directs.


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Plodding but still satisfying 'The Road to Mecca'
7 / 10

'It grows on you,' Harris' character says at the beginning of the play. She's talking about the small South African village where the action is set, but she might as well be describing the piece itself, which really only gets going in Act 2...The face-off between Elsa and the pastor has been a long time in coming — Act 1 drags on way too long simply to establish the jeopardy Miss Helen is in. The play then has a hard time deciding how to end after Miss Helen has taken the stage for her grand soliloquy, a manifesto for any artist to defy convention.

The Road to Mecca
6 / 10

Credit the Roundabout Theatre Company for selecting one of South African playwright Athol Fugard's more unknown works, 1984's The Road to Mecca. Credit Roundabout, actually, for selecting one at all: The last Fugard production on Broadway was in 2003, a revival of his 'Master Harold'...and the Boys. After all, the prolific Fugard has penned nearly three dozen dramas. Yet this Road to Mecca, at the American Airlines Theatre through March 4, is long, winding, and, in the end, more than a little unsatisfying.

THE ROAD TO MECCA Ends Limited Run as Scheduled, 3/4
by Kelsey Denette - February 21, 2012


Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca starring Rosemary Harris, Carla Gugino and Jim Dale, will end its limited engagement on Sunday, March 4th at 2:00PM.

Review - The Road To Mecca
by Ben Peltz - January 23, 2012


There's a beautiful softness that bathes every artistic aspect of director Gordon Edelstein's graceful and endearing production of Athol Fugard's meditation on independence through creativity, The Road To Mecca.

Photo Coverage: THE ROAD TO MECCA Opening Night Arrivals!
by Peter James Zielinski - January 18, 2012


Roundabout Theatre Company last night opened Athol Fugard's THE ROAD TO MECCA, featuring Tony Award winner RoseMary Harris as 'Miss Helen,' Carla Gugino as 'Elsa Barlow' and Tony Award winner Jim Dale as 'Marius Byleveld,' and directed by Gordon Edelstein. BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture the show's opening night arrivals and brings you photo coverage below!

Photo Coverage: THE ROAD TO MECCA Opening Night After Party
by Walter McBride - January 18, 2012


Roundabout Theatre Company last night opened Athol Fugard's THE ROAD TO MECCA, featuring Tony Award winner RoseMary Harris as 'Miss Helen,' Carla Gugino as 'Elsa Barlow' and Tony Award winner Jim Dale as 'Marius Byleveld,' and directed by Gordon Edelstein. BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture the show's opening night party!

Photo Coverage: THE ROAD TO MECCA Opening Night Curtain Call
by Walter McBride - January 18, 2012


Roundabout Theatre Company last night opened Athol Fugard's THE ROAD TO MECCA, featuring Tony Award winner RoseMary Harris as 'Miss Helen,' Carla Gugino as 'Elsa Barlow' and Tony Award winner Jim Dale as 'Marius Byleveld,' and directed by Gordon Edelstein. BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture the show's opening night curtain call!

Review Roundup: THE ROAD TO MECCA - All the Reviews!
by Kelsey Denette - January 17, 2012


Roundabout Theatre Company tonight opened Athol Fugard's THE ROAD TO MECCA, featuring Tony Award winner RoseMary Harris as 'Miss Helen,' Carla Gugino as 'Elsa Barlow' and Tony Award winner Jim Dale as 'Marius Byleveld,' and directed by Gordon Edelstein.

Roundabout's THE ROAD TO MECCA Opens on Broadway Tonight!
by Nicole Rosky - January 17, 2012


Roundabout Theatre Company tonight opens Athol Fugard's THE ROAD TO MECCA, featuring Tony Award winner RoseMary Harris as 'Miss Helen,' Carla Gugino as 'Elsa Barlow' and Tony Award winner Jim Dale as 'Marius Byleveld,' and directed by Gordon Edelstein.

TV: THE ROAD TO MECCA Performance Highlights!
by Jessica Lewis - January 12, 2012


Roundabout Theatre Company is presenting Tony Award winner Rosemary Harris as 'Miss Helen,' Carla Gugino as 'Elsa Barlow' and Tony Award winner Jim Dale as 'Marius Byleveld' in the Broadway premiere production of Athol Fugard's play The Road To Mecca, directed by Gordon Edelstein. Production highlights have been released and appear below!

Photo Flash: First Look at Roundabout's ROAD TO MECCA
by Nicole Rosky - December 22, 2011


Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tony Award winner Rosemary Harris as 'Miss Helen,' Carla Gugino as 'Elsa Barlow' and Tony Award winner Jim Dale as 'Marius Byleveld' in the Broadway premiere production of Athol Fugard's play The Road To Mecca, directed by Gordon Edelstein.

TV: Chatting With THE ROAD TO MECCA Co.; Previews Begin Tomorrow, Dec. 16!
by Broadway Beat - December 15, 2011


Roundabout Theatre Company's The Road To Mecca, begins previews tomorrow, December 16, and opens officially on January 17, 2012 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. This Broadway premiere production of Athol Fugard's play features Tony Award winner Rosemary Harris as 'Miss Helen,' Carla Gugino as 'Elsa Barlow' and Tony Award winner Jim Dale as 'Marius Byleveld'. Click below to hear from the cast and company on the exciting new production!

UP ON THE MARQUEE: Roundabout's THE ROAD TO MECCA
by Walter McBride - December 13, 2011


Roundabout Theatre Company's The Road To Mecca, begins previews on December 16 and opens officially on January 17, 2012 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. This Broadway premiere production of Athol Fugard's play features Tony Award winner Rosemary Harris as 'Miss Helen,' Carla Gugino as 'Elsa Barlow' and Tony Award winner Jim Dale as 'Marius Byleveld'. The marquee is now up and BroadwayWorld brings you a look below!

Q&A with Todd Haimes: The Road to Mecca
by Robert Diamond - August 9, 2011


A conversation with Artistic Director Todd Haimes about Athol Fugard's The Road To Mecca.

Harris, Gugino & Dale to Star in Fugard's THE ROAD TO MECCA on Broadway
by Robert Diamond - August 9, 2011


Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced Tony Award winner Rosemary Harris as 'Miss Helen,' Carla Gugino as 'Elsa Barlow' and Tony Award winner Jim Dale as 'Marius Byleveld' in the Broadway premiere production of Athol Fugard's play The Road To Mecca, directed by Gordon Edelstein.

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The Road to Mecca - 2012 Broadway Awards and Nominations

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Year Ceremony Category Nominee
2012 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Jim Dale
2012 Tony Awards Best Lighting Design of a Play Peter Kaczorowski

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