BWW Previews: Historical Romance KAERU: TITIK DUA DI AKHIR NADA at TEATER KATAK
TEATER KATAK will return to the stage on January 26th and 27th with their original musical, KAERU: TITIK DUA DI AKHIR NADA ('Kaeru: The Sign at the End of A Melody') at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta. It will be their 55th production since their inception in 2009 as the theater club of Universitas Multimedia Nusantara (UMN).
The year is 1942. Imperial Japan occupies Dutch East Indies. Kirana is a local girl who dreams of freedom. Not only the national freedom promised to be bestowed shortly by Japan, but also personal freedom; Kirana is to be wed to a man chosen by her family, despite her ambition be a musician.
As fate has it, her path crosses with Hiro's, a soldier of the Japanese empire. Their meeting blossoms into a budding forbidden love between the oppressed and the oppressor. The aftermath of their story will be told in the other half of the play, set in 1962, when Indonesia stands tall as its own nation.
TITIK DUA looks to be a huge undertaking for KATAK. Not only do they choose a difficult subject (tacking the topic of Indonesia's grim colonial past requires both honesty and sensibility), this production has been more than 6 months in the making. Furthermore, KATAK opened their doors to non-UMN students for TITIK DUA, for both cast and crew.
To bear witness to Kirana and Hiro's story, ticket information is available on TEATER KATAK's Instagram, @katak_id.