Play Depicting Uganda’s LGBT Human Rights Struggle Premiers Thursday

Jim Burroway

June 25th, 2012

If you are in the Los Angeles area this week, you may be interested in a new play which will premiere there on Thursday. Ugandan-American playwright and actor Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine’s A Missionary Position will premiere on Thursday, June 28 at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex.  According to the press release:

A multimedia solo work for the stage written and performed by Ugandan American artist Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, A Missionary Position is a searing response to the rampant homophobia now gripping Uganda. The noted Los Angeles theater artist incorporates raw video footage and still photography—gathered over recent months on the front lines of the African nation’s LGBT movement—and layers this documentary material with his portrayal of riveting figures drawn from in-person interviews. A Missionary Position reveals Uganda’s LGBT community as seen through the eyes of a Ugandan government official, a transgender sex worker, a gay priest and a lesbian activist, and creates a complex investigation of the burgeoning resistance to state-supported oppression.

I’m told that longtime BTB readers may find much that is both familiar and revealing. The premiere is at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, with additional performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20-$25 for general admission, with discounts for students and groups. You can find more information here.


June 25th, 2012

He sure picked a catchy title to his play! To bad I am not in the area I would for sure want to see this. It is truly terrifying what is going on in Africa to sexual minorities. Uganda is very visible but there are other countries who are just as bad.

Regan DuCasse

June 26th, 2012

I’ve been a member of GLAAD’s theater jury for eight years now. This play is on our list of plays and performances specific to LGBT stories and depictions.

I’ve been looking forward to seeing this. If I can, I’ll give a commentary. The performance needs support anyway. Typically GLAAD members look for LGBT content that’s unusual and deals with members of the community from countries and cultures where being gay is much more difficult.
Our last winner was a one person show called “No Words In Guyanese For Me” about a Muslim woman’s journey from devout Muslim wife, to independent lesbian finding her bliss in life with another woman.
A close contender was the story of a gay, HIV+ Catholic, whose family immigrated from Iraq when he was a young boy.
Another was the harrowing story about an Irish immigrant to America, who spent 9 months and risking his life, to adopt a three year old Ugandan boy.

Knowing what I do about Uganda’s laws on gays, thanks to BTB and other sources, witnessing these well told true stories makes their impact even stronger.
Thanks for the mention Jim and yes, anyone living in the LA area, please attend!

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