Instead of frolicking in Arcadia, Springfield, MA's StageWest has chosen to take The Road To Mecca with previews beginning Mar. 18. The Athol Fugard drama, directed by Munson Hicks, opens Mar. 20 and runs to Apr. 12, replacing the previously-announced Tom Stoppard play.
The Road To Mecca takes place in 1974 in South Africa, where Miss Helen (Tanny McDonald) sculpts and turns her home into a neighborhood showplace -- much to the consternation of her neighbors. When the local minister Marius (George Hosmer) wants to remove her from her home, a sophisticated young teacher (Kate Myre) arrives to help Miss Helen in her predicament.
Based on a true story, Mecca premiered at Yale Rep in 1984 and then had productions at London's National Theatre and Spoleto. In 1988, the show played Off-Broadway at the Promenade Theatre. In Jan. 1997, Julie Harris starred in a Mecca mounting at CT's Long Wharf Theatre.
Though Athol Fugard has never won a Tony Award, he is considered one of the world's great living playwrights (A Lesson From Aloes, Sizwe Banze Is Dead, `Master Harold'...And The Boys, Boesman And Lena, Valley Song.).
Designing Mecca at StageWest are Richard Chambers (set), Kendall Smith (lighting), Polly J. Byers (costumes) and Scott G. Nason (sound). For tickets and information on The Road To Mecca at StageWest, 1 Columbus Center in Springfield, call (413) 781-2340.
-- By David Lefkowitz