Artist’s return spotlights theater talents and social advocacy efforts
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (left), a first generation Ugandan-American, spends a good deal of his time and creative efforts linking his two worlds. A 1989 drama alumnus, Mwine is returning to U.Va. this month to give a multimedia solo performance of his play, “Biro,” on Sept. 17 and to screen his documentary, “Beware of Time,” on Sept. 15.
In his play, based on the life of an uncle, Mwine touches on global issues of emerging democracies, HIV/AIDS and illegal immigration. The work has received accolades since its 2003 world premiere at Uganda’s National Theater.
During his time here at U.Va., Mwine said two drama teachers were great inspirations — Betsy Tucker and Richard Warner. “They made you feel comfortable enough to explore your potential.”
Mwine is constantly tapping his potential. Seizing on African theater as a vehicle for change in rural areas where few people have TV, he has been working to promote awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and training others in workshops.
Mwine’s talents also include photography and filmmaking. He shot “Beware of Time,” a documentary about HIV-positive Ugandans and harsh realities of life in war-ravaged northern Uganda, while on his “Biro” tour throughout the country.
Thursday, September 15
- 9:00–10:45am Mask Workshop with student actors
- 7:00pm “Beware of Time”
A documentary film by Ntare Mwine Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections library meeting room
Admission is free
- 8:00–8:30pm Q&A on film
- 8:30pm Reception in Special Collections lobby
Friday, September 16
- 3:00–4:00pm “AIDS in Africa: Doctors and Artists Respond” An informal discussion with Ntare Mwine and Dr. Michael Scheld, U.Va.’s Mandell Professor of Internal Medicine and one of the founders of Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa
Saturday, September 17
- 8:00pm “Biro,” A play by Ntare Mwine
Box Office: 924-3376
Adults $14; Seniors $12; Students $8 (Arts$ accepted)