Witness Uganda at Weston

Witness Uganda at Weston

Witness Uganda at Weston

Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews

Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews

When Griffin Matthews, a young black American from New York City, ventured to Uganda in 2005 to help build a village school, he had no idea what a life-changing journey it would be. His six-week experience, in the company of a group of orphaned teenagers compelled the young writer/director/actor to want to do something to improve their quality of life. First he formed a non-profit aid organization, the Uganda Project, and later, after returning to the village year after year, Matthews, in a collaboration with Matt Gould, wrote the award-winning musical Witness Uganda which has brought new funding to the project. Having its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater earlier this year, the two men will perform a concert version of the musical at a Sunday, August 31, special Weston Playhouse event.

The concert is at 8 p.m. at the Weston Playhouse, 12 Park Street, Weston, Vt. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit Weston Playhouse Theatre Company and Project Uganda. The concert will be followed by a Q&A with the writer/performers. Tickets are $35 adults, $17.50 students, and are available by phone at 802-824-5288 (Tuesday-Sunday, 10-6), online at westonplayhouse.org.