THE ROAD TO MECCA is based on the life and work of Helen Martins – South Africa’s foremost Outsider Artist. For over 20 years, reclusive Miss Helen created her own “Mecca” – a fascinating backyard world of sculpture and mosaics in a desolate region of Apartheid South Africa. The village Pastor who embodies the community’s conservative values is determined to move the elderly Miss Helen into an old age home. Miss Helen’s dearest friend Elsa is just as determined that she remain free. MECCA is a tribute to the bravery of the Artist and the significance of artistic freedom in an oppressed society.
The character of Miss Helen bears an uncanny resemblance to Milwaukee’s own Outsider Artist Mary Nohl who created her personal “Mecca” of outdoor sculpture at her Beach Drive home in Fox Point. Thanks to the Mary L. Nohl Fund, RTW has been working with community members and Katie Martin, a local visual artist and Peck School of the Arts Faculty member, on the creation of almost 1000 unique owl sculptures to make the "Mecca" experience come to life.
Tickets to THE ROAD TO MECCA are $28 for previews and $36 for regular performances (taxes and fees not included). Tickets are available through The Broadway Theatre Center box office by calling (414) 291-7800 or online at www.r-t-w.com. All performances are at The Studio Theatre, 158 N. Broadway. Preview performances are April 5th at 8:00pm and April 6th at 4:00pm. Monday, April 15th 2013, will be the Pay-What-You-Can performance at 7:30 p.m. (Tickets for the April 15th performance will be available at the door at 6:30 p.m. No phone-in orders or advanced sales will be accepted for the Pay-What-You-Can performance.)
Renaissance Theaterworks wraps up its 20th season with THE ROAD TO MECCA by Athol Fugard. Suzan Fete will be directing one of Fugard's most lyrical plays, featuring Linda Stephens, Bri Sudia and Jonathan Gillard Daly. Running April 5 – 28, 2013, at the Studio Theatre, 158 N. Broadway.