Finally, my chaotic week is over. Next week looks to be just as chaotic, but hopefully, it’ll be a better kind of chaotic. I spent this evening giving my apartment a much-needed cleanup. All I’ve done is the dishes and picking up all the stuff off of the floor, but it looks better and I feel better. Hopefully the counter tops will get attention soon, then the bathroom, and finally the holy grail: the closet.
Then maybe I can actually get some reading done.
Anyway, now, since it’s overdue at the library (actually it’s an Interlibrary Loan) I might as well write about Stella Kon‘s other book of children’s plays, The Immigrant and Other Plays.
The Naga in the Swamp (1977 – side note: this book was published in 1977, and there is no information on original productions, so I am assuming that all five plays were written circa 1977)
- Sri Makhota
- The Princess (his sister)
- The Penghulu
- First/Second Courtiers
- First/Second/Third/Fourth Rakyat
- The Naga
- Other Courtiers and Rakyat
Kingdom of Palembang, time unsure. Probably long, long ago. The Naga, which is a dragon-like creature, threatens the kingdom but is ultimately brought down by two separate strategies, a confrontation led by Sri Makhota, and an effort to drain the swamp, led by the Princess.
A very short and straightforward play. It is surprising, though, how many things of note are packed in. For one thing, in a reversal of the norm, the Rakyat, or workers, speak in a lilting verse as they toil, whereas the Princess and the other characters do not. I also see the differences between male and female work ethic; Sri Makhota, the man, talks a big game, then falls asleep, but eventually helps to get the job done, whereas the Princess is proactive in mobilizing her forces to do what needs to be done.
How I’d Flip It
This would be great fun to produce for a group of