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Teater Mandiri still going strong at 40

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 26 2011   /  08:00 am

Are we free yet? A man dies on the street. To where does the compassion disappear?

Sir, we have to stop sharpening the brains of our children. We have to sharpen their dull hearts!

These lines appear in a prologue delivered by poet Putu Wijaya at a play recently staged by Teater Mandiri as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations.

At the special event, the theater, which Putu cofounded, staged Trik (Trick) at the Jakarta Art House (GKJ).
Looming large: Teater Mandiri, founded by poet Putu Wijaya, stages the trilogy Trik to commemorate its 40th anniversary at the Jakarta Art House on Friday and Saturday. JP/P.J. LeoTrik is a trilogy: Apakah kita sudah merdeka? (Are we free yet?), Aduh and Setan (Devil), with Putu delivering the prologue and epilogue. He wrote all the plays, penning Apakah
kita sudah merdeka? in 1995 when former strongman Soeharto was still in...