Pippin's Diane Paulus Will Direct Workshop of New Musical Witness Uganda; Casting Announced

Tony nominee Diane Paulus, who will soon be represented on Broadway with the revival of Stephen Schwartz's Pippin, will direct a New York City workshop of the new musical Witness Uganda, which was the winner of the 2012 Richard Rodgers Award for Staged Readings, administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Diane Paulus
Diane Paulus

Penned by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, the musical was also the winner of ASCAP’s Dean Kay and Harold Adamson Awards.

"Loosely based on Matthews' real-life story of going to Uganda, meeting a group of orphaned teens, and starting a non-profit to provide for their education," the show, according to press notes, "explores the rocky territory of gay rights in Uganda and the US, the delicate balance between aid work and cultural interference, and the evolving responsibility of Americans abroad."

Matthews, who will play himself, will be joined in the workshop by Katie Boeck, Nondumiso Tembe, Nicolette Robinson, Kristolyn Lloyd, Kyle Scatliffe, Tyrone Davis Jr, Jamar Williams, Rodrick Covington, Melody Betts, Zurin Villanueva and Michael Taglieri.

Co-writer Matt Gould music directs with assistant music direction by Molly Gachignard. The assistant director is Mia Walker.

American Repertory Theater is producing this invited workshop with the support of Playwrights Horizons and American Academy of Arts and Letters.

For more information visit www.witnessuganda.com.