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  • About the Contributors

Michael H. Bodden is a professor of Pacific and Asian studies at the University of Victoria, in Canada. A scholar and translator, he has translated plays by Mohammad Diponegoro, Usmar Ismail, Saadah Alim, Armijn Pané, and Sanusi Pané; poetry by Saraswati Sunindyo, Nurhidayat Poso, and Afrizal Malna; plays and short stories by Putu Wijaya; and short stories, plays, and essays by Seno Gumira Ajidarma. His books include Resistance on the National Stage: Theater and Politics in Late New Order Indonesia (2010) and The Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Drama Volume Two: Building a National Theater (2010).

Kathy Foley is a professor of theater at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the editor of Asian Theatre Journal. A scholar and international performance artist, she is also a master puppeteer (dalang) of Sundanese wayang golek and has performed numerous times at the Indonesian Wayang Festival (Pekan Wayang Indonesia). Her recent work is on Islamic wali (saints) and wayang. In the spring of 2014, she was a senior Fulbright fellow at the University of Malaya, where she worked on politics, language streams, and theater. She has translated and adapted numerous Indonesian plays.

Cobina Gillitt is an assistant professor of theater and performance at Purchase College, SUNY. Her scholarly work on contemporary Indonesian theater has appeared in Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage (2011), The Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Drama Volume Three: New Directions, 1965–1998 (2010), The Senses in Performance (2007), and numerous journals. In addition to her translation work, she is a performer and has been a member of Jakarta-based Teater Mandiri since 1988.

Barbara Hatley is emeritus professor of Indonesian in the Asian languages and studies program at the University of Tasmania, Australia, and adjunct professor of the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University, Australia. Her books include Javanese Performances on an Indonesian Stage: Contesting Culture, Embracing Change (2008), Performance in the Asia Pacific: Regional Modernities in the Global Era (2013), and an edited volume on performance in post-Soeharto Indonesia, Performing Contemporary Indonesia: Celebrating Locality, Constructing Community (2015).

John H. McGlynn is an American living in Jakarta. In 1987, he established the Lontar Foundation, and now serves as chairman of its Board of Trustees. He [End Page 237] is also a trustee of AMINEF, the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation, which oversees the Fulbright and Humphrey scholarship programs in Indonesia. McGlynn has translated dozens of full-length literary works, and through the Lontar Foundation, he has edited and overseen the translation and publication of more than two hundred Indonesian authors. He also started Lontar’s film documentation program, which to date has produced twenty-four films on Indonesian writers and more than thirty films on Indonesian performance traditions, and has subtitled more than a hundred Indonesian films. He serves as Mānoa’s corresponding editor for Indonesia.

Rita Matu Mona was born in North Sumatra in 1959, and is an actress, director, and playwright. As an actress, she has performed in such plays as Time Bomb, and plays by Bertolt Brecht, Georg Büchner, Arthur Miller, and George Orwell. In 1999, while helping to stage Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, she recruited and trained more than twenty street children for the performance. When Make Note! was staged in 1999 in Jakarta, the students were played by street children, twelve to sixteen years old, who had worked as prostitutes.

Armijn Pané (1908–1970) was born in Muara Sipongi, Tapanuli, Sumatra. He briefly attended medical school in Jakarta before turning to writing. He graduated with a degree in Western classical literature and worked as a language teacher and journalist. In the 1930s he published his first plays, and in 1940 Belenggu (Shackles), his controversial novel. Similar to A Portrait of the Times, the novel concerns urban, Western-educated characters who struggle to find their roles in a changing society, ending up alienated and doomed to fail. Pané also published collections of poetry and short fiction. He continued writing plays during and after the years of Japanese occupation. The Republic of Indonesia honored Pané for his work in literature in 1969 just months before he died.

N. Riantiarno was born in Cirebon, West Java, in 1949...