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Teater Koma returns to trash-talk the trash

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Wed, November 6, 2019  /  02:59 pm
Teater Koma returns to trash-talk the trash

Two against the world: Trash picker Jian (Zulfi Ramdoni) consoles his pregnant wife Juhro (Tuti Hartati) in the opening act of Teater Koma's latest production 'J.J: Sampah-sampah Kota' (J.J: The Trash of the Town) . A sneak peek was staged for the media on Oct. 29. (JP/Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak)

Teater Koma’s latest play, J.J: Sampah-sampah Kota (J.J: The Trash of the Town), was an adaptation of a production from the theater group's early years, entitled J.J. - Jian dan Juhro, that it staged for one time only in 1979, although many other theater groups and students have performed their own adaptions in recent years. While the script stays faithful to the original one written by patron N. Riantiarno in 1977 for his unborn child, the son, Rangga Riantiarno, now 40, gave a fresh approach to the play by using current technology. “There are no photo archives or video footage of the play, but its poster I mistook as an image of a pair of boots when I was younger. A closer look would show that it actually reads 'J dot J', in which each ‘j’ was made by scribbling the names Jian and Juhro,” he told the press during a sneak peek on Oct. 29. ...