THE RIVER AND THE MOUNTAIN
By Beau Hopkins
In August 2012, one line from one play changed Ugandan history. “I’m gay” was uttered by the main character from The River and the Mountain, making it the first Ugandan play ever to have an openly gay character.
Due to this, the producer of the play, David Cecil, was arrested for offending the Ministry of Ethics in Uganda. While Mr. Cecil has since been released and the charges were dropped, Uganda is still trying to pass through its parliament an anti-homosexuality bill. This bill in its original form sought to punish those who were gay with the death penalty. One member of Parliament has assured the public that the penalty has been decreased from death to life in prison, but the Parliament has not and will not make the revised bill available to the public to verify this. This bill has become informally known around the world as the “Kill the Gays” bill.
- Seeking African and African American to play Ugandan, age 18-65. Bring one contemporary monologue, be prepared to read sides.
- All roles compensated.
- 6-8 African/American males needed
- 2-3 African/American females needed
- 1 white male role
- Compensation Provided.
PERFORMANCE DATES: Series of readings from Mar 21 - Mar 24 in the Baltimore / DC area
REHEARSALS: begin on Mar 18 through Mar 20