In Bahasa Indonesia with English Subtitles
A play by Faiza Mardzoeki
Adapted from the classic drama ‘Enemy Of The People’ by Henrik Ibsen
Producer Faiza Mardzoeki – Director Wawan Sofwan
Date & Venue
March 13-14, 2015, Start 8pm
Graha Bhakti Budaya -Taman Ismail Marzuki Jakarta
Teuku Rifnu Wikana, Ayez Kassar, Sita Nursanti, Dinda Kanya Dewi, Kartika Jahja, Hendra Yan, Madin Tasyawan, Andi Bersama, Wawan Sofwan
STAGE AND LIGHTING DESIGNER: Iskandar Loedin- COMPOSER: Marcello Pellitteri – SOUND DESIGNER: Mogan Pasaribu – COSTUME DESIGNER: Hendra Yan – MAKE UP: Abul Sajallah – MULTIMEDIA: Lintang Samboja- VIDEO DOCUMENTATION: Amerta Kusuma – PHOTOGRAPHER Adrian Mulya- GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Gery Paul Andika, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AND STAGE MANAGER: Heliana Sinaga-PRODUCTION MANAGER Vivi WidyawatI
A Monologue Theatre Performance “Women Seize The Night”
A MONOLOGUE THEATRE PERFORMANCE
“PEREMPUAN MENUNTUT MALAM”
(WOMEN SEIZE THE NIGHT)
On the occasion of International Women’s Day March 2008
“Women Seize the Night”, comprised 4 manuscripts – with three being performed at each performance. Three were written by Faiza Mardzoeki and Rieke Diah Pitaloka. These were: “A Plate of Fried Rice”, “Under a street light”, and “A busy morning”. “The dance of the Empu” was written by Tati Krisnawaty.
These performances entitled “Women Seize the Night” was inspired by the “Reclaim The night” movement organized by activists in Rome in 1976. Around 10,000 women and children turned out on the streets to demand and end to sexual violence against women and children. This was a movement of “Breaking the silence of Men Sexual’s Violence”. This movement has now spread to many other countries.
In patriarchal societies, violence against women finds form in almost every corner of life. These plays have emerged from rejection of this.
A play: They Call Me Nyai Ontosoroh
Playscript by Faiza Mardzoeki
Directed by Wawan Sofwan
Actors Verani M. van Driel, Willem Bevers, Puspita Hadiati, Wawan Hermawan
Artistic Director: Deden Bulqini,
Film and Video art Director: Ariani Darmawan,
Music Director: Patrick Shaw Iversen,
Make up and Costume: Irina Dayasih
Producer: Faiza Mardzoeki
In 2007 in Indonesia, the country’s major daily newspaper, Kompas, declared the play Nyai Ontosoroh (The Concubine Named Ontosoroh) as the theatrical production of the year. The play had been performed by several theatre groups in several cities throughout the year. A specially selected ensemble, under the direction of Wawan Sofwan, performed it to packed houses in Jakarta. A thousand people came each night, with standing room only, even the stairs had people sitting there.
The play is by Indonesian playwright activist Faiza Mardzoeki’s adaptation of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s record breaking Indonesian novel Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind). Faiza’s adaptation focuses on the story of the concubine named Ontsoroh, who was sold as a young girl, the named Sanikem (acted by Verani M. van Driel) to become the concubine of a Dutch businessman in Surabaya, the second biggest city in the then Netherlands Indies. The play follows the struggles and tribulations of Sanikem alias Ontosoroh as she fights to overcome her status as a nyai (concubine); to defend the family she has in concubinage, and to raise up the dignity and worth of all “natives” in the Indies.
A Play Women At Point Zero
The production of “Women at Point Zero” in 2002 was a different experience. I proposed the idea that the well-known novel of the Egyptian feminist, Nawal El Saadawi, be produced as theatre in 2001. There were a number of different reactions. While I had spent some time with theatre groups in the early 1990s, I was proposing this ideas an activist in the organisation WOMEN’S SOLIDARITY. So some reacted: Faiza, you are an activist, and what are you doing talking about producing a play. Perhaps you really want to make some kind of street demonstration – is that it?