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‘Road to Mecca’ magically transported audiences

The Vermont Theatre Company recently presented Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca, a beautiful story of kinship, personal journeys, and finding light in the darkness. Under the talented direction of Ian Hefele, the stunning performances of Bridget McBride, Wendy Almeida, and Arthur Pettee brought their characters to life and magically transported audiences to 1970s South Africa.

Special thanks is owed to assistant director Brenda L. Seitz, stage manager Kate Maisner, costume and set designer Jess Rodrigues, set dresser Belle Coles, and light designer Sara Martin. Thank you also to Jon Mack for allowing the Hooker-Dunham Theatre and Gallery to be transformed, and to local artist Tom Periera for lending his work to complete the illusion of Miss Helen’s Mecca.

Our annual Shakespeare-in-the-Park production, featuring The Tempest, takes place at Brattleboro Living Memorial Park June 28 to 31 and July 1. More information is available at 802-258-1344 or

Stephanie Globus-Hoenich

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Originally published in The Commons issue #463 (Wednesday, June 13, 2018). This story appeared on page D3.

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