Secangkir Kopi dari Playa

60-minute site-specific performance with puppets
For teenagers and adults
Space: Intimate sites (café, house, library, etc.)
Secangkir Kopi dari Playa (A Cup of Coffee from Playa) shares the story of a man who kept a promise for more than 40 years to a woman he loved—that he would never marry another. The play is based on a true story about long-lost love after the 1965 genocide in Indonesia.


“Secangkir Kopi dari Playa” (A Cup of Coffee From Playa) is a site specific performance by Papermoon Puppet Theatre, presented in many different sites; from antique shop, a private library, living room, a coffee house even an abandoned building. Based on the story of a real character, a great guy, a son, a long lost lover, an asylum who tried to keep his promise for not marrying any other girl when he was abandoned by his country and loss his citizenship because of a political turmoil in 1965, this play presented as a silent (non-verbal) puppet performance. This production will bring audiences to follow his journey from 1960’s to now… from Indonesia, Moscow, Cuba, then finally back to the place he would love to call “home”. But.. is it really his home?

A scene from Secangkir Kopi dari Playa features in the 2016 Indonesian blockbuster film Apa Ada Dengan Cinta 2 (What’s Up With Love? 2).


The Journey of Secangkir Kopi dari Playa

  • Monodhuis- a vintage building, Semarang (Indonesia) as part of Patjarmerah Literary Festival (December 2019)
  • Edwin’s Gallery; Jakarta, Indonesia (October 2016)
  • Featured in the film Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2 (What’s Up With Love? 2) (April 2016)
  • Goethe-Institut; Jakarta, Indonesia (September-October 2013)
  • Ubud Writers and Readers Festival; Bali, Indonesia (October 2013)
  • Antique shop; Yogyakarta, Indonesia; supported by the Empowering Women Artists grant from Kelola, HIVOS, the Ford Foundation, and BIYAN (December 2011)

Press (Select)

Secangkir Kopi dari Playa is history with feeling.”

BBC Indonesia

Set in a classic-style decorated ‘stage,’ the 50-minute play is moving due to its meaningful gestures and music accompanied by appropriate narration.”

Jakarta Post

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