The Jakarta Post
Actress Chelsea Islan performs on stage in 'Bunga Penutup Abad'. (Titimangsa Foundation's website/File)
Theatrical play Bunga Penutup Abad (The Flower that Ends a Century) is set to return to the stage on Nov. 17 and 18 at Teater Jakarta in Taman Ismail Marzuki, Central Jakarta.
Bunga Penutup Abad, which is based on Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Bumi Manusia (Earth of Mankind) and Anak Semua Bangsa (Children of All Nations) books, was initially created to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the author’s death. However, due to high demand, nonprofit cultural organization Titimangsa Foundation, supported by the Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation, decided to bring back the play.
"Memang sudah selesai dengan kekalahan kita, Nak, Nyo. Tetapi kita telah melawan, Nak, dengan sekuat-kuatnya, sehormat-hormatnya.." . BUNGA PENUTUP ABAD . Sabtu dan Minggu, 17 dan 18 November 2018 20.00 WIB Teater Jakarta Taman Ismail Marzuki Jl. Cikini Raya no. 73 Jakarta Pusat #BungaPenutupAbad #PramoedyaAnantaToer #BPA #titimangsafoundation
Directed by Wawan Sofwan, the story follows Dutch concubine Nyai Ontosoroh and Javanese boy Minke (Reza Rahadian), who falls in love with the former's daughter, Annelies (Chelsea Islan). For the upcoming show, actress Marsha Timothy will reportedly take over the role of Nyai Ontorosoh, who was previously played by actress and Titimangsa Foundation founder Happy Salma.
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Happy said in a statement that she was excited as the upcoming show would feature a new actress, adding freshness to the show.
“[It also proves] that a role does not only belong [...] to one actor. [The role] can be interpreted freely, processed and played by any actor with different styles,” said Happy, who is also the play’s producer.
Bunga Penutup Abad tickets can be purchased via Titimangsa's website starting at Rp 200,000 (US$13.18).
In addition to the play, Titimangsa Foundation will also release the Bunga Penutup Abad musical soundtrack. (jes/kes)