A Missionary Position a play by Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (VIDEO)

Noted Hollywood actor and photographer Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Blood Diamond; Treme; Heroes; CSI) debuts his newest solo work, A Missionary Position, this summer at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) Thursday, June 28 through Sunday, July 1, 201. Co-directed by Emily Hoffman, A Missionary Position is Mwine’s searing response to the rampant homophobia now gripping Uganda.

As recently as February 28, 2012, The New York Times ran a story titled “Resentment Toward the West Bolsters Uganda’s New Anti-Gay Bill,” reporting that what began when “a Ugandan lawmaker introduced a bill that carried the death penalty for a ‘serial offender’ of the ‘offense of homosexuality'” has resulted in a strong backlash from both sides of the issue and the reintroduction of the bill in Parliament earlier that month to rounds of applause.

A first-generation Ugandan American with personal relationships and ties to Uganda, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine has been engrossed in on-the-ground research and documentation there throughout the past year. Interviewing and meeting with leading figures on many sides of the issue over recent months, Mwine has gathered and shot video footage and still photographs from the front lines of the African nation’s LGBT movement.

The resulting solo show layers this documentary material with riveting portrayals of the LGBT community as seen the eyes of a Ugandan government official, a transgender sex worker, a gay priest and a lesbian activist drawn from the in-person interviews to create a complex investigation of the burgeoning resistance to state-supported oppression–and more hopefully, the countering forces of a growing gay rights movement–currently unfolding in Uganda.

Mwine is no stranger to diving into the profound and sometimes violent forces currently at work in Uganda to create powerful works of theater that share its citizen’s vital stories with audiences around the world. Biro, Mwine’s internationally heralded one-man show about the eponymous HIV-positive Ugandan who illegally entered the United States to seek treatment, had its world premiere at Uganda’s National Theatre in 2003 and subsequently toured to London, New York at The Joseph Papp Public Theatre where it made the “New York Times critics pick list,” before premiering in Los Angeles, Seattle, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Toronto.

A Missionary Position @ REDCAT from Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine on Vimeo.

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