Clearday is a cosmetics company on the rise: Based in Singapore, launching a global skincare line, and bringing a start-up mentality to the big leagues. But a draft ad for their latest skin whitening cream surfaces on YouTube, gathering views and outrage. As morning nears in the U.S. market—19,643 views. 467,327. 654,398.—Clearday’s all-female team hustles to contain the damage before Buzzfeed weighs in. Someone’s definitely getting fired. A comedy from rising Thai-Australian writer Anchuli Felicia King about toxic corporate culture, selling whiteness, and shame as both a cultural commodity and canny marketing strategy.
“Grotesquery, shock, and comedy are all inextricable for me. Ugliness in human nature is funny,” reflects Anchuli Felicia King on the style she works in. “Maybe the best way to talk about it is capitalist realism—meticulous grotesquery, showing how capitalist conditions influence human behaviors.” This rapacious curiosity and desire to tailor new modes of expression for the particularities of one mainstream and therefore nearly invisible structure or another (millennial culture, ever-shifting technologies, the cold hard realities of capitalism through a global lens) are as close to hallmarks of King’s ever-shifting roles and styles in the theater. King has worked professionally as a sound designer, a projections designer, a scholar, an arts administrator, and a dramaturg.Read More