UGANDAN BEAUTY

Kevin Spacey Helps Bring Ugandan Gay Play To The London Stage

Openly Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has donated London’s Old Vic theater free-of-charge to stage a gay-themed play about notoriously anti-gay Uganda this November.

Just Me, You and The Silence by Ugandan playwright Judy Adong depicts the government-fueled oppression LGBT people face in the East African nation. Set in the capital, Kampala, the play tells the life and struggle of Jacob Obina, an ambitious politician and family man.

The one-night-only staged reading of Just Me, You and The Silence was organized by international LGBT rights organization, The Kaleidoscope Trust with ticket sales donated to charities and campaigns working to end the persecution of LGBT communities.

“This is an important piece that deserves to be heard and we are pleased to be providing an opportunity for audiences to connect with its message,” said Spacey, who’s the Old Vic’s artistic director.

Just Me, You and The Silence will likely have a better reception than another recent gay Ugandan play, The River and the Mountain. After staging the play in Kampala in August, producer David Cecil was arrested and currently faces two years in prison.