Alumni Felicia King '18 and Nana Dakin '18 Helm The Premiere of 'White Pearl' at Royal Theatre Court
November 5, 2018
The new play White Pearl, written by dramaturgy alumna Anchuli Felicia King ’18 and directed by alumna Nana Dakin ’18, will premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London this upcoming summer 2019. King’s dark comedy is set in Singapore and centers around a leading skin whitening company. When a draft of the company’s latest skin cream ad is leaked, the video is quickly becoming a global viral sensation for all the wrong reasons. YouTube views are in the thousands and keep climbing; anger is building on social media; and journalists are starting to cover the story. This is an international PR nightmare; the company cannot be seen to be racist — they’ve got to get the ad taken down before it reaches America. In this play, King seeks to tackle the often multifaceted nature of colorism and racism within Asia (and the world at large) and represents an important push toward theatre that allows spaces for genuine diversity and multicultural voices.
Anchuli Felicia King is a multidisciplinary artist of Thai-Australian descent who works primarily in live theater. She is currently based in New York, Felicia has worked with a wide range of companies and institutions, including Punchdrunk, PlayCo, 3LD Arts & Technology Center, Roundabout Theater, 59E59, Ars Nova, the Obie Awards, The Builders Association, Ensemble Studio Theater, NYTW and Red Bull Theater. She continues to work globally, with companies such as The Royal Court and Yellow Earth Theatre (London), Playwriting Australia, Sydney Theatre Company and Belvoir Theatre (Sydney), Melbourne Theatre Company (Melbourne), House of North (Berlin) and SHIFT Festival (Shanghai).
Nana Dakin is a NYC based Thai-American director of new plays, classics and devised performance. Having grown up in multiple countries, Nana’s work is driven by a great curiosity and empathy for diverse cultural and sociopolitical realities. She is committed to promoting social justice and challenging her audience through the interplay of language, movemen,t and bodies in space. Nana is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and currently a NYTW 2050 Directing Fellow. She is also a core member of B-Floor Theatre, Thailand’s vanguard physical theatre company.