Felicia King '18 Youngest Contributor to the National Play Festival
March 30, 2018
Current student Felicia King ’18 is the youngest contributor to this year’s National Play Festival, a four day Festival that just ended at the Eternity Playhouse in Sydney, Australia. The Festival, which ran from March 21 to March 24, featured ten play readings, five masterclasses, and four artist talks.
King was selected with her play White Pearl: “Whitening cream is the bestseller for cosmetic firm Clearday. When a leaked racist video goes viral, the millennial management team scramble to deal with the fallout. Casual blackmail, allegations of corruption and a clash of philosophies fuel this dark comedy about toxic ideas and the complexity of Pan-Asian relations,” according to the play's description.
The Festival published a full interview with Felicia about her work and her focus on immersive theatre and combining techonology and tradition to tell stories: “the interplay between the traditional and the cutting-edge, a pairing she describes using the relatively new and exotic term 'technodramaturgy'. This explores the function and scope of advanced technologies, such as projection mapping or augmented reality (AR), and how they can be used to theatrically enhance conventional dramatic texts,” according to the interview.
Felicia is the Associate Artistic Director of 3LD Art & Technology Centre, an Australian company that produces new, original works in theater, performance, dance, media and hybrid forms. “Our mission is to explore narrative possibilities created by digital technology; to foster artists’ self-expression and skill through training initiatives; and to provide an open environment free of censorship for artists to create new works, tools and modes of expression so that they can excel across a range of disciplines,” according to the company’s website.
King is a multidisciplinary artist of Thai-Australian descent who works primarily in live theater. Her areas of interest include emerging technologies, VFX and projection design, music production and writing for performance. Currently based in Sidney, King has worked with a wide range of companies, including Punchdrunk, Roundabout Theater, 59E59, Ars Nova, the Obie Awards, The Builders Association and Red Bull Theater.