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Jakarta Post

Playwright N. Riantiarno is a visionary with a mission

  • Leon Agusta


Jakarta   /   Sun, February 24 2008   /  02:12 pm

N. RIANTIARNO: (JP/Arief Suhardiman) Rumah Kertas ( 1977 ), Teater KOMA's first production, is still remembered as a poetic, bittersweet story of the love between prostitute Kiki and destitute Kuku. Kiki gets syphilis, which eventually blinds both her and her lover. They find some refuge in a slum community, but are then evicted by the security officers serving a brutal despot. This play caught the attention of the public not only because of its impeccable and impressive presentation, but also due to its storyline. Since then, this group led by actor, playwright and director N. Riantiarno, has become the first car in the train of modern Indonesian theater, connecting with the previous powerhouses of theater: Rendra's Bengkel Teater; Teguh Karya's Teater Populer; Suyatna Anirun's Studi Klub Teater Bandung; Arifin C. Noor`s Teater Kecil and Putu Wijaya's Teater Mandiri. ...