Silverthorne Theater - The Road to Mecca
Playwright Athol Fugard is best know for his overtly political plays, mostly set in his native South Africa in the days of apartheid. While this drama’s focus on the life and work of an artist might seem like a departure for the playwright, in the words of New York theatre critic, Ben Brantley, the play “throbs with a despairing awareness of the South Africa of the 1970s as a broken and corrupting nation, a spiritual prison for those who inhabit it.”
Based on a real-life individual, Fugard’s story of Miss Helen, an aging Afrikaner widow who creates unusual sculptures in order to escape the crushing reality of her isolated life and the social expectations that accompany that life, brings together two social and political opposites who each consider themself her friend and take a strong interest in her welfare according to their own conflicting views about artistic creativity and the challenges of aging.
Featuring Jeannine Haas, Mo Mosley, & Chris Devine. Directed by Rebecca Daniels.