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Jakarta Post

Putu Wijaya: An optimist about theater

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi


Surakarta, Central Java   /   Fri, November 19 2010   /  09:12 am

JP/J. Adiguna In the world of theater, 66-year-old playwright Putu Wijaya continues to shine. His works took center stage early October when 28 of his monologues and four of his drama pieces were presented in a week-long event, focusing on his works, at the second Indonesian Theater Forum in Solo, also known as Surakarta, Central Java.Teater Tanah Air (Jakarta), Teater Lungid (Surakarta) and Putu’s Teater Mandiri also joined in the event, with noted performers Butet Kartaredjasa (Yogyakarta), Ikranegara (Jakarta), Herlina Syarifudin (Jakarta) and Wawan Sofwan (Bandung) taking turns narrating Putu Wijaya monologues, besides himself.Some of Putu’s writings were discussed by such literary figures as Afrizal Malna (Yogyakarta), Benny Yohanes (Bandung), Cobbina Gillit (USA), Michael Bodden (Canada), Koh Yung-hun (South Korea) and Tamara Aberle (Britain).“I’m surprised. I didn’t...