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Mad Cow Theatre Presents

The Road to Mecca A play by Athol Fugard

“Open your arms and catch me! I’m going to Jump!”



A play by Athol Fugard

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M E C C A Oct 26–Nov 11, 2012



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Mad Cow Theatre Presents

THE ROAD TO MECCA by Athol Fugard


Scenic Design LISA BUCK

Lighting Design ERIN MINER

Costume Design MARION MARSH



* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

Originally Produced by Yale Repertory Theatre Lloyd Richards, Artistic Director Originally produced on the New York Stage by James B. Freyberg, Max Weizenhoffer with Stephen Graham, Jujamcyn Theaters, Jonathan Farkas, Norman & David Langworthy, Maurice Rosenfield & Lois F. Rosenfield

The Road to Mecca is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


CAST OF CHARACTERS Miss Helen...............................................Robin Olson Elsa Barlow..............................................Ginger Lee McDermott* Marius Byleveld........................................Joe Candelora*

TIME Autumn 1974

PLACE The home of Miss Helen in a small village in the Great Karoo, a semi-desert region in the center of South Africa.

PRODUCTION TEAM Sound Design.......................................... Aradhana Tiwari Properties................................................ Lisa Buck Scenic Construction.................................. Daniel Cooksley ..............................................................Michael Gessaman Scenic Artist............................................. Lisa Buck Master Electrician..................................... David Clenney The Road to Mecca is performed with one intermission. Out of respect for the audience and the artists, patrons who leave the theatre during the performance will not be re-admitted. We regret there is no late seating once the performance has begun. The photographing, video and/or audio recording of this performance by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited.


ABOUT ATHOL FUGARD Athol Fugard was born in Middelburg, South Africa in 1932. His full name is Harold Athol Lanigan Fugard and as a child he was known as Hally before he decided he wanted to be called Athol. He is white with English and Afrikaner parents. He was brought up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa with English as his mother tongue. He describes himself as an Afrikaner writing in English. Fugard started working in the late 1950´s with a group of actors in Johannesburg, including Zakes Mokae, who were influenced by Strasburg’s method acting. Fugard wrote his first play No Good Friday and later his first international success The Blood Knot (which lead to his passport being withdrawn). In the early 1960´s Fugard returned to Port Elizabeth and worked with The Serpent Players. Their first performance was in the former snake pit of a zoo, hence the name. Fugard played opposite Yvonne Bryceland in Boesman and Lena in 1969. He and his wife live in San Diego, California, where he teaches as an adjunct professor of playwriting, acting, and directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, San Diego, and maintain a residence in South Africa.

Special Thanks to:

The City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer & City Council Downtown Development Board Community Redevelopment Agency


THE ROAD TO MECCA LISA BUCK (Scenic Designer, Scenic Artist, Props) originally from Massachusetts, received her BFA in Graphic Design from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1976 and studied watercolor at the Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. She has worked as art director for Dow Jones, American Heritage, Danskin Dance Wear, and Leavitt Advertising. Lisa moved to Orlando in 1996 and began painting and designing scenery for the Orlando Opera, Mad Cow Theatre, and Stetson University. Before returning to the pasture, Lisa worked as a graphic artist for Visit Orlando as the publication artist for Orlando Arts Magazine and Texture Magazine. JOE CANDELORA (Marius Beyleveld) Candelora is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and a professional actor for more than forty years. He has appeared in over 250 stage productions, 40 TV shows, and 20 films. He was seen most recently as Duwell in Mitch Ablom’s Duck Hunter Shoots Angel at the State Theater of West Virginia. He keeps himself busy hosting ESPN Club Live, a Live interactive sports talk show at the ESPN club on Disney’s Boardwalk. He would like to thank his son Neil (world’s greatest Paul McCartney impersonator) and his wife Bettie-Ann (beauty, brains, and talent) for their love and support. GINGER LEE McDERMOTT (Elsa) is very excited to be working with Mad Cow Theatre for the first time. She has recently returned from Chicago where she was last seen as Rachel in Season’s Greetings at Northlight Theatre. Other Chicago credits include Lady Middleton/Mrs. Ferrars in the original cast of Sense and Sensibility at Northlight Theatre, Bianca in Othello at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Countess in The Marriage of Figaro at Remy Bumppo Theatre, and Ann Putnam, Sarah Good, and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Other regional credits include Catherine in Proof at Orlando Theatre Project and Madame de Tourvel in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Pendragon Theatre. ERIN MINER (Lighting Design) The Road to Mecca marks Erin’s 64th show with Mad Cow Theatre. She is excited to be working with Aradhana for the first time! When not at Mad Cow, she can be found in the fields of Apopka High School as a drama teacher.


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THE ROAD TO MECCA ROBIN OLSON (Miss Helen) was last seen in Dancing at Lughnasa at Mad Cow Theatre. In addition, she has performed in The Importance of Being Earnest, Pride and Prejudice, and The Little Red Riding Hood Show at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, James and the Giant Peach and Holes at the Orlando Repertory Theater and Barefoot in the Park at UCF. Robin is most happy to be back in the pasture where she has had the opportunity to perform in Major Barbara, The Glass Menagarie, The Seagull, Bus Stop and On the Verge. ARADHANA TIWARI (Director, Sound Designer) received an M.A. in theater from the University of Central Florida. Having worked with myriad theater companies and production houses, directing credits include: The Way Of The Cards, The Diviners, Connected, Driving Miss Daisy, Crimes of the Heart, The Singing Christmas Trees, Steel Magnolias, War Of The Worlds, The Little Foxes, Peter Pan, It’s A Wonderful Life, Little Women and The Pink Ribbon Project. Aradhana is thrilled to be joining the “herd” ---a long time dream finally realized! MUCH thanks to Mitzi, the wonderful team at Mad Cow, a Cast & Crew who truly cherish the work, and mentors and friends Tad Ingram & Marty Stonerock who lovingly helped “open the gate” and shared fertile grass in a new pasture. RACHEL WILLIAMS (Stage Manager) is excited to be joining the Mad Cow team as a stage manager. She has directed and stage managed over 15 productions in the last six years, her favorite being the world premiere of the play Halfsies, which debuted at the North Canton Playhouse in Canton, OH. She was also the production designer for a short film called Yun with acclaimed actor, Danny Woodburn, in Los Angeles, CA. For the last three years, she has been teaching drama for youth, and only moved to Orlando the last week of September with her husband. She is excited about the new opportunities that Orlando has to offer!

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Program - The Road to Mecca  

Program for Mad Cow Theatre's production of Athol Fugard's "The Road to Mecca."

Program - The Road to Mecca  

Program for Mad Cow Theatre's production of Athol Fugard's "The Road to Mecca."