The Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine drama, which gets its New York City debut, and will be performed by its author, will have an opening of April 18.
The show is described as "One man's story of survival across Uganda, Cuba and America....[about] Biro, a boy from a war-torn Uganda who helps liberate his country and finds himself on the front lines of a global war with AIDS."
In putting together his latest work, Mwine journeyed to his native Uganda. There, he took many photographs (he is an experienced photographer) and taped hours of recordings. Once the piece was composed, he toured the country with it, eventually playing the Ugandan National Theatre in January 2003. Later came a date at the Drill Hall in London.
As an actor, Mwine has appeared in the national tour of Six Degrees of Separation and the regional hit Nomathemba, which starred South African singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
The Public Theater is located in Manhattan at 425 Lafayette Street. Tickets are available at the theatre’s box office or by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit the Public Theater at www.publictheater.org.