The Jakarta Post
In Teater Koma's latest play "Warisan," most of the cast will be transformed into 70-year-old people. (instagram.com/teaterkoma/File)
Renowned theater troupe Teater Koma is known for including music and dance in its performances. However, these elements will be missing in its new play Warisan, which will be staged at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (GKJ) on Aug. 10-20.
N. Riantiarno, the troupe’s writer and director, says he wrote Warisan earlier this year to mark Teater Koma’s 40th anniversary. “The performance will be different from Opera Ikan Asin back in March,” he said. “There is no music illustration and dance in Warisan. Most of the cast will be transformed into 70-year-olds and there will be a surprise in terms of set-movement technique.”
“We hope audiences will find the play entertaining and our message is well received,” he added.
Warisan tells the story of a panti werdha (elderly people’s home) that previously survived on public donations and served all kinds of people. However, after eight years it changed its policy and also started catering to the rich as they could afford to pay more. As a result, the place becomes divided into two areas separated by a high wall without a connecting door: one side for the rich and the other for the poor.
Teater Koma writer and director N. Riantiarno (left) with production head Ratna Riantiarno during a press conference at Auditorium Galeri Indonesia Kaya in Central Jakarta on July 26, 2017. (Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation/File)
Those who live in the poor area are soon neglected, forcing some of them to move to another panti werdha while others lack the money to relocate. As living costs at the place become higher, the area for the poor shrinks.
Among the cast of Warisan are Idris Pulungan, Ratna Riantiarno, Rita Matu Mona and Ohan Adiputra.
Those who interested in watching the play can book tickets via the troupe’s official website, with prices starting from Rp 100,000 (US$7). (kes)
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