Ramli Ibrahim of Sutra Dance Theatre has written a two-part play, Mak Su & Sarasa, to be directed by Faridah Merican and featuring Sabera Shaik.
Mak Su is the story of a MakYong diva in her late sixties who, caught by surprise at the sudden appearance of an old friend, bewails the passing of a great era of MakYong – an ancient traditional dance theatre form that no longer finds its relevance in contemporary society.
Mak Su regales her visitor with stories of yore, the heyday of MakYong when people waited, laughed and cried along with the performers. Although poor, she is a contented woman, at peace with herself and with life’s cruelties. Her art has given true meaning to her life and blessed her with rich memories.
Sarasa is about a woman who has just found out her daughter Komala has eloped with the tailor’s son – the son of her worst enemy. Enjoy a scene reminiscent of an Indian movie sequel – with exaggerated melodrama, breast beating, hair pulling and wailing!
14 – 15 February 2003 @ 8.30pm; 16 February 2003 @ 3.00pm
Venue: The Actors Studio Greenhall
(Zhong Zheng School Memorial Centre, 32 Lebuh Light, 10200 Penang)
Admission by Donation: RM 25 (Adults) & RM 15 (Students)
Contact: 04-263 5400
20 – 22 March 2003 @ 8.30pm; 23 March 2003 @ 3.00pm
Venue: The Actors Studio Box
(Plaza Putra, Dataran Merdeka, Jalan Raja, 50050 Kuala Lumpur)
Tickets: RM 27 (Adults) & RM 15 (Students)
Contact: 03-2694 5400 / 2692 5927