Don’t miss MeccaTo the Forum:

There is a play showing in a new theatre in Kapa’a town. It is an outstanding

work of art by Athol Fugard called “The Road To Mecca.” One of the play’s three

stars is Dottie Bekeart, who plays Miss Helen, a character based on the

real-life South African artist Helen Martins, of “Owl House” fame.

“Owl

House” is the name of the museum which still exists today in New Bethesda, a

desert town in South Africa, where the real Miss Helen created wild art

throughout her home and outlandish cement statues in her yard, all of them

pointing towards East—Mecca. Bekeart, a well established local actress and

singer, says that Fugard’s writing is “as close to Shakespeare as any

playwright I’ve ever read.”

Nola Conn, who plays Elsa Barlow, a character

based on an actual friend of Helen Martins, says “this play, full of light and

color, is much like a gem: radiant, edgy, brilliant.”

Don Owen, of “Late

Night With Conan O’Brian” fame, plays Marius Byleveld, the church Reverend who

joins Helen and Elsa one evening to discuss some very hot topics.

“The

Road to Mecca” is showing Thursday through Sunday night until April 9 at the

Kaua’i International Theatre in Kaua’i Village. Don’t miss this intimate

show—it is a big wave in the cultural surf!

Georges Foss, MA, Arts

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