By Athol Fugard

Directed by Suzan Kurry

February 22 - March 9, 2013 in the Drury Theatre

Perhaps the greatest work of Athol Fugard, South African author of Master Harold and the Boys, The Road to Mecca tells the story of Miss Helen, an Afrikaner widow who lives alone in the South African Karoo in the 1970s.  Inspired by a vision, she has decorated the walls of her home with broken glass, and filled her garden with her cement sculptures, all facing east towards Mecca.  Based on the life of the South African artist, Helen Martins, the play examines the degree to which all artists are “outsider” artists.  The Road to Mecca enjoyed a 2012 Broadway revival starring the great Rosemary Harris!  

Bartell Theatre Award Winner: Best Set Design.


Friday, February 22 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 23 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 28 - 7:30 pm 
Friday, March 1 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 2 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 3 - 3:00 pm (with Talk-back following performance)
Thursday, March 7 - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 8 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 9 - 7:30 pm



Helen Martins - Sarah Whelan

Elsa Barlow - Sarah O'Hara

Marius Byleveld - Sam White 


Lectures & Slide Presentations

  • Thursday, February 28 - 6:30 pm - "Wisconsin's Concrete Parks," presented by Teri Marché.
  • Friday, March 1 - 6:30 pm - "The Sid Boyum Project," presented by Lou Host-Jablonski.
  • Saturday, March 2 - 6:30 pm - "Riana's Garden," presented by Teri Marché.
  • Sunday, March 3 - 1:30 pm - "Jurustic Park," presented by Clyde Wynia.

We will also have loaned pieces on display in the Bartell during the run of the show from the above three artists and from Tom Every (Doctor Evermor).  "When Art Worlds Collide!"