TEATER SATU NEWS (LAMPUNG)- Salihara’s Acting Class is going to perform two renowned plays; Oedipus di Colonus (Oedipus at Colonus) and Pembunuh yang Adil (Le Juste) this April at Salihara Art and Cultural Center, Jakarta. The performers are all general people who mostly have no theatrical backgrounds directed by Iswadi Pratama, assisted with professional actors of Teater Satu.
Salihara Art and Cultural Center has opened a yearly acting class since 2015 with Iswadi Pratama trusted to be the trainer and director. Every weekend, Pratama flies from Lampung to Jakarta to share acting knowledge in the class, sometimes assisted with the help of Teater Satu actors. Classes are put into two levels; level 1 for basic learners and level 2 for students who have completed level 1 in the previous year. Pratama applies Stanislavski’s actor development method in the class to help learners whose no theatrical backgrounds to be more absorbed in the act in just 24 meetings started in the beginning of the year. Students taking the class are company employees, accountants, fresh graduates, housewives, etc who are seeking for more meaning and beauty of life through performing art. At the end of the class, they have to perform a play opened for public.
In 2015 and 2016, Pratama has tackled the challenge to bring a pro-like performance by mostly amateur actors. The shows were applauded because for first-time actors, it was flattering.
This year, plays to be performed are adaptations of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus (Oedipus di Colonus) as translated by Rendra, performed by Acting Class 1 (April 1, 2017) and Albert Camus’ Le Juste (Pembunuh yang Adil) performed by Acting Class 2 (April 2, 2017).
Oedipus at Colonus is is one of the three Theban plays of the Athenian tragedian Sophocles in which Oedipus undergoes a transformation from an abject beggar, banished from his city because of his sins, into a figure of immense power, capable of extending (or withholding) divine blessings. While Le Juste is based on the true story of a group of Russian socialist-revolutionaries who assassinated the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich in 1905, and explores the moral issues associated with murder and terrorism.
**Editor: Citra Ayu Wardani