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Jakarta Post

Play sets out to put sexual violence in spotlight

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 20 2020   /  02:26 am

Facing the music: Actor Muhammad Khan (second left), music director Wishnu Dewanta (center), actress-jazz singer Mian Tiara (second right) and actress-journalist Marissa Anita rehearse for Belakang Panggung, to be staged in March in Jakarta. Portrayals of sexual violence were once largely confined to episodes of Law & Order: SVU, but in an era when the #MeToo movement has come to dominate conversations in the United States, one Indonesian production aims to bring the subject into the spotlight.Titled Belakang Panggung (Backstage), the musical drama could be described as “a play within a play” as it tells the story of an actress grappling with sexual harassment and the indifference with which she is met by her fellow cast members.Jazz singer and actress Mian Tiara plays the lead role of Rani, a struggling actress who receives her big break as one of the leads in a p...