Sept. 9 - 22, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 15
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School safety
Aronson aids victims of school siege
The university responds to reports of racial harrassment
Solving large-scale environmental problems
Historic McGregor Room restored
Constitution Day observances
Rolling Stones concert to require parking adjustments
Artist's return spotlights theater talents and social advocacy efforts
AccessUVa helps give Rodney Mills, 26, a bright new future


Artist’s return spotlights theater talents and social advocacy efforts

NtareNtare 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
    Culbreth stage
  • 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
    Culbreth Theatre
    Box Office: 924-3376
    Adults $14; Seniors $12; Students $8 (Arts$ accepted)


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