Spotlighters & Artisphere present ‘The River and the Mountain’-Controversial Ugandan Play-On March 21st & 23rd

The  American Debut Reading of the Controversial play
In August 2012, one line from one play changed Ugandan history. “I’m gay” was uttered by the main character from The River and the Mountain, making it the first Ugandan play ever to have an openly gay character. Due to this, the producer of the play, David Cecil, was arrested for offending the Ministry of Ethics in Uganda.  While Mr. Cecil has since been released and the charges were dropped, Uganda is still trying to pass through its parliament an anti-homosexuality bill. This bill in its original form sought to punish those who were gay with the death penalty. One member of Parliament has assured the public that the penalty has been decreased from death to life in prison, but the Parliament has not and will not make the revised bill available to the public to verify this. This bill has become informally known around the world as the “Kill the Gays” Bill.
The original cast performing in Kampala, Uganda.
The original cast performing in Kampala, Uganda.

University of Nebraska at Lincoln lecturer, Sarah Imes Borden, wants to shed light on this revolutionary piece of art while exposing the underlying social issues. Along with playwright Beau Hopkins, Producer Dawn Marie Moe and Fight Director Ian Borden, Sarah will be introducing this very important work to audiences in the US through a series of staged readings. The readings will have a fundraising premiere in Lincoln, NE and then be performed in several venues along the East Coast this March. The readings in March will feature a performance by one of the original Ugandan cast members and talkbalks held by playwright Beau Hopkins.

This staged readings will feature a talk back to discuss this revolutionary piece of art and the underlying social issues with the playwright Beau Hopkins. One of the original actors in the play, Okuyo Prince was supposed to be here to be part of our cast but his travel to the U.S. to appear in the staged readings has been denied by the Ugandan government.

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The Spotlighters performance is on Thursday, March 21,  2013 at 8 PM.

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The Artisphere performance is on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Admission for both performances is FREE/Pay What You Can. 

DONATIONS at the event will be used to fund this important project.


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