Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews don’t think of theater as a way to escape. They see it as a way to be more completely present.
“We spend our whole lives escaping on our cell phones and the internet,” said Gould. “This performance is a chance for us to come together. We all have felt the power of that invisible thread that binds us as human beings. We hope to tap into that at Bela Musana.”
After all, it was theater that connected them to Laurie DeJong and the Paper Fig Foundation in the first place. She attended the documentary musical when they were performing it Off-Broadway in New York.
“Laurie connected with the story,” said Matthews. “We all share a kinship for the work we do in Uganda.”
She also connected with their impulse to bring that work back to the States in any way they can. Matthews and Gould continue to share their story through theater. DeJong started the Paper Fig Foundation.
“Here in the States, we are all in the entertainment industry,” said Matthews. “Because we have been given a lot here in our lives and careers, we have a lot to give back.”