TEATER KOMA’S ‘OPERA KECOA’ RETURNS TO STAGE AFTER 13 YEARS
Following Semar Gugat, Teater Koma returns with one of its most popular plays, Opera
Kecoa (Cockroach Opera). Slated to run until Nov. 20 at Graha Bhakti Budaya at Taman Ismail Marzuki, Central Jakarta, the three-hour play narrates a story revolving around minorities in Jakarta who are searching for justice.
Set in a slum, the play opens in a dreary atmosphere; several performers show up on stage, dancing and singing, while a screen in the background shows footage of Jakarta. Roima then enters, carrying his transvestite beau Julini, who has been shot by an officer. The story then flashes back to a time when Julini was still alive, sleeping on a thin sheet across Roima. Julini tries to wake him up as they must move quickly before the officers come and shoo them away.