PREMIERE: Public Theater

April, 1983

Hajj is one of Mabou Mines’ signature pieces Ruth Maleczech stars in this one woman performance poem designed with state-of-the-art video and audio technology. Set at a dressing table in front of a triad of mirrors a woman takes a journey through her past to repay a debt she can never repay. The mirrors reflect enlarged images of the woman as well as pre-recorded images which reflect her thoughts and remembrances.

The poem/play is a metaphor for this pilgrimage. Hajj follows an American woman’s journey into her past to settle her debts, financial as well as emotional. The piece threads these thematic strands using psychology and sophisticated technology.