Book Worm: Faiza Marzoeki; Novels & realism

Playwright Faiza Mardzoeki often takes inspiration and ideas from the books she reads to produce high quality plays. Most of Faiza’s works, such as 2006’s Nyai Ontosoroh (Madame Ontosoroh), are adapted from realist novels, a genre that she said was her favorite. However, she did not always have access to the high quality literature that made her the way she …

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Faiza Mardzoeki: For the love of drama

Playwright Faiza Mardzoeki is blunt when she talks about the stage. “Generally, the world of theater in Indonesia is pathetic. Even in Jakarta, the largest city, with over 20 million residents, you can find only two or three established theater groups. This worries me a lot,” Faiza told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview. “There is also a lack …

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Subverting the Powers That Be

  “Good literary works are those that transcend their eras and are universal,” says Faiza Mardzoeki, an Indonesian playwright and theater producer. She cites Norwegian playwright, theater director and poet Henrik Ibsen, the father of realism and one of the founders of modernism in theater, as one example of a literary artist whose works transcend the ages. Ibsen’s plays, including …

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Future of Films Takes the Spotlight at FFI

  Jakarta. For the first time in the country’s history, a president was present at the Indonesian Film Festival, better known as FFI. President Joko Widodo showed his support of the Indonesian film industry — and the nation’s creative economy — by attending the annual ceremony on Saturday, which this year was held in Palembang. Both veterans and newcomers of …

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Indonesian Green Activists Take to the Stage to Raise Awareness

Hot Spot Theater: Kalimantan’s youth living in fire-prone areas will be the first to enjoy and learn from the play ‘Subversif!’ Jakarta. Indonesian artists are attempting to raise awareness in the young generation regarding environmental issues through theatrical performances. In its newest play entitled “Subversif!”, Institute Ungu tries to present the issue of Indonesia’s deforestation in Kalimantan. The play was …

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