Stepping Out

It's the end of 'The Road' for Pear Theatre production

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Diane Tasca plays Miss Helen in Pear Theatre’s “The Road to Mecca”

Pear Theatre’s production of “The Road to Mecca” is scheduled to close Sunday in Mountain View.

Written by Athol Fugard, “Mecca” is the story of age and youth, passion and propriety.

Time magazine included the play in its “Theatre: Best of the Decade” list in 1990.

“Mecca” follows Miss Helen, a widow who has lived her entire life in a small, insular African community that defines itself by religion, respectability and preservation of the social order.

Miss Helen threatens all of that when she uncovers a driving artistic passion to create large, beautiful and – to her neighbors – incomprehensible works of art from cement, stones, mirrors and wildly colorful paint.

Her lifelong friend Marius, a reverend concerned with the well-being of the congregation and Miss Helen, urges her to move to a senior home where she can be safe and cared for.

But Elsa Barlow – a young schoolteacher with a commitment to social justice in the depths of the apartheid era – urges Miss Helen to follow her heart despite its disruption to the conservative community.

Betsy Kruse Craig directs the play, which stars Diane Tasca, Briana Mitchell and John Baldwin.

Performances are slated 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St.

Tickets are $10-$35.

For advance tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit

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