The Road to Mecca
|The Road to Mecca|
|Written by||Athol Fugard|
|Characters||Rev. Marius Byleveld
The Road to Mecca is a play by South African playwright Athol Fugard. It was inspired by the story of Helen Martins, who lived in Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa and created The Owl House, which is now a provincial heritage site.
The play was first performed at the National Theatre in London and then moved to the Spoleto Festival USA in 1987, starring Athol Fugard as the Rev. Marius Byleveld, Charlotte Cornwell as Elsa Barlow, and Yvonne Bryceland as Miss Helen. The play won the 1988 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.
1992 film adaptation
The 1992 film adaptation of The Road to Mecca, written by Peter Goldsmid, who also co-directed it with Fugard, starred Fugard as the Rev. Marius Byleveld, Kathy Bates as Elsa Barlow, and Yvonne Bryceland as Miss Helen.
2011 Broadway production
- "The Road to Mecca on Broadway". Playbill Vault.
- "The Best of the Decade". Time. 1 Jan. 1990. Accessed 2 Oct. 2008. ["The Road to Mecca (1987). South Africa's conscience, Athol Fugard, proved his compassion is universal in this Ibsenesque conflict between a fiercely independent artist and a society justly yearning for order."]
- Fugard, Athol. The Road to Mecca: A Play in Two Acts. London: Faber and Faber, 1985. ISBN 0-571-13691-5. ("Suggested by the life and work of Helen Martins of New Bethesda.")
- Gussow, Mel. "Theater Review: Stage: Athol Fugard's 'Road to Mecca' at Spoleto Festival". The New York Times 26 May 1987, Theater. Accessed 2 Oct. 2008.