The play, which was recorded and released on BBC World Service for Africa, follows 17-year-old Tereka, who joins his school music group as a marimba player in hopes of winning a Ugandan national competition. The music group eventually wins the grand prize: traveling to New York to perform.
Once in New York, Tereka ditches the group, thinking that he'll have better opportunities in America since he could pass as a Will Smith double. Unfortunately, the city isn't as kind as he hoped, and he ends up on the streets. He befriends a homeless Jamaican woman who takes him under her wing and shows him that America might not live up to its large- and small-screen image.
The New York-based Asiimwe, a specialist for the Sundance Institute (East Africa Initiative) is currently working on her play Cooking Oil, a collaboration between Ugandan and American artists, that will open in Uganda's National Theater on Oct. 8, for a month-long run.
In 1971, BBC World Service for Africa launched its playwriting competition and invited its listeners to compose a 30-minute English-language play containing no more than six characters. This year's competition was judged by Nigerian writer, poet and playwright Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka--the first African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986.