The Road to Mecca - Performance Highlights
Roundabout Theater: The Road to Mecca
The Road to Mecca tells the story of an eccentric elderly artist facing mounting pressure to abandon her independent life for a church retirementhome. When the village minister arrives to coax outher decision, the three enter a blazing showdown that pits conformity against free expression…faith in community against faith in oneself. Gordon Edelstein directs. Page Geography of Nieu Bethesda Page 6Political Climate of Nieu Bethesda Page History of Apartheid
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In , she moved to the Transvaal to work as a teacher. After her brief marriage to Willem Johannes Pienaar dissolved, Miss Helen returned to New Bethesda in to care for her ailing parents. After her mothers death in and her fathers death in , Miss Helen became increasingly reclusive and isolated from the local community. It is at this time that she began her life as an artist. It is said that she lay in bed one night, considering how dull and grey her life had become, when she resolved, there and then, that she would strive to bring light and color into her life. There was no overall plan, but what began as decoration soon developed into a fascination with the interplay of reflection and space, of light, dark, and different colors.