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Extra performance planned for play based on Pramoedya work

Masajeng Rahmiasri
Masajeng Rahmiasri

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, August 5, 2016  /  09:20 am
Extra performance planned for play based on Pramoedya work

Reza Rahadian (from left to right), Chelsea Islan, Sabia Arifin and Happy Salma, the cast of "Bunga Penutup Abad" play pose for photographs at a press conference in Galeri Indonesia Kaya, Jakarta, on Thursday. (JP/Masajeng Rahmiasri)

Due to high demand, the run of the play Bunga Penutup Abad (The Flower That Ends a Century) will be extended from two days to three days, actress and Titimangsa Foundation founder Happy Salma said on Thursday.

“I was told that this is the first time a play has garnered such a response," said Happy, referring to the fact that the tickets for the first two performances were sold out in less than a day.

The decision to set the date for the additional performance was made following a discussion with the performers and crew.

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“[After discussing the matter, director] Wawan [Sofwan] told us that we could stage an additional performance whenever we wanted to. We then decided on the date,” she said, adding that the waiting list for the upcoming performance was already long.

Bunga Penutup Abad is a theatrical play based on Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Bumi Manusia (Earth of Mankind) and Anak Semua Bangsa (Children of All Nations) and was created to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the author’s death.

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The story follows Dutch concubine Nyai Ontosoroh (Happy Salma) and Javanese boy Minke (Reza Rahadian), who falls in love with the former's daughter, Annelies (Chelsea Islan). On stage, the play is performed without any additional sound. The director previously directed a play based on Pramoedya's story Bumi Manusia back in 2007.

Based on the new schedule, Bunga Penutup Abad is slated for Aug. 25-27 at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta in Central Jakarta. Additional ticket sales will begin on Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (kes)

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