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A Missionary Position

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Self-portrait © Photo: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
A Missionary Position

631 West 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
June 28th, 2012 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
EVENT TYPE:  
Performance
WEBSITE:  
http://redcat.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
downtown/east la
EMAIL:  
redcatpr@calarts.edu
PHONE:  
213-237-2800
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sun 12-6 or Intermission
TAGS:  
Multimedia, performance
COST:  
General Audience $20; Students $16; CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff$ 10

DESCRIPTION

“Mwine…is wired, vivid and insistent.” Time Out London

World premiere

WRITTEN, DIRECTED AND PERFORMED by NTARE GUMA MBAHO MWINE
CO-DIRECTION AND DRAMATURGY by EMILY HOFFMAN

A multimedia solo work for the stage written and performed by Ugandan American artist Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, A Missionary Position is a searing response to the rampant homophobia now gripping Uganda. The noted Los Angeles theater artist incorporates raw video footage and still photography—gathered over recent months on the front lines of the African nation’s LGBT movement—and layers this documentary material with his portrayal of riveting figures drawn from in-person interviews. A Missionary Position reveals Uganda's LGBT community as seen through the eyes of a Ugandan government official, a transgender sex worker, a gay priest and a lesbian activist, and creates a complex investigation of the burgeoning resistance to state-supported oppression.

A Missionary Position is the follow-up to Mwine’s internationally heralded one-man show Biro, about the eponymous HIV-positive Ugandan who illegally entered the United States to seek treatment. Additionally, he has contributed footage to Call Me Kuchu, a documentary film on the life and death of David Kato, Uganda's first openly gay man, which won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film at 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.