Sunday, August 17, 2008

KLPac: ISMAIL the last days (7 - 31 Aug)

Kekasih hitunglah mimpi yang membunuh realiti dengan syurga ilusi

~ Dato' Usman Awang ~

The show opens in 1970.
Malaysia is recovering from the violence of 1969 and stands at the threshold of forging a new national identity.Despite his own grave health condition, Tun Dr Ismail decides to return to the service of his country in the aftermath.

YTL Corporation Bhd &
The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac)
pay homage to this great Malaysian in

ISMAIL the last days
Directed by JOE HASHAM

About one man's love for the people in his life and his country...

Featuring the original writing of U-EN NG,

the musical compositions of DATO' JOHARI SALLEH,
and the beautiful and socially-conscious poetry of National Laureate, DATO' USMAN AWANG.
Inspired by Ooi Kee Beng's 'The Reluctant Politician' with the support of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

7 - 31 August 2008 Pentas 1, KLPac
(Click here for location map & public transport options)
RM80 / RM60 (adults) or RM40 (students, sr. citizens & the disabled)
Weekday Special (Tues - Thurs): RM40 (adults) / RM20 (students, sr. citizens & the disabled)
Family Weekend Package (Fri - Sun): RM150 for family of 4 (RM40 for each additional family member)

To those who knew him intimately, he was affectionately called 'The Tango King'. To others he was referred to as Doc Ismail; his trade-mark pipe always within reach, no matter what the occasion. Tun Dr Ismail, the 'third man' of Malaysian politics, was a true nation builder committed to bridging the gulf of ethnicity and religion in this country.

The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) pays homage to this great Malaysian in
ISMAIL the last days. In an unprecedented move for a Malaysian musical production, the use of original writing and musical composition has incorporated the remarkably beautiful and socially-conscious poetry of fellow Johorian and National Laureate Dato' Usman Awang.

A love story about one man's love for the people in his life and his country, ISMAIL the last days is a dramatisation of real events in the history of Malaysia and does not in any way seek to present its material as historical fact. It only seeks to remain true at least to the spirit of Tun Dr Ismail and his time.
Why did we fight for Merdeka? So that the different races can be divided? That can't be the way, right?... Something is wrong... Why are we building Malaysia? What Malaysia are we building? What kind of symbol is Malaysia supposed to be? Tun Dr. Ismail

Call our Box Office for tickets now!
KLPac 03-4047 9000 The Actors Studio @ BSC 03-2094 9400

Click here for a sneak peak into rehearsals and preparations for ISMAIL or
view the trailer for ISMAIL here.

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