October 7 – November 28

Keene

by Anchuli Felicia King

Keene is a laugh-out-loud funny, thought-provoking play that finds two young scholars of color, adrift in a sea of white at a scholarly Shakespeare conference, where they grapple with their longing for recognition, the scrabbling competitiveness of their peers, and their own hilarious personal demons. Written “in conversation with” Othello, Keene is a story of love, ambition and betrayal.

 

 

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Playwright & Director

Meet the Playwright

ANCHULI FELICIA KING

Anchuli Felicia King is a playwright, screenwriter and multidisciplinary artist of Thai-Australian descent.

As a playwright, King is interested in linguistic hybrids, digital cultures and globalization. Her plays have been produced by the Royal Court Theatre (London), Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.), American Shakespeare Center (Staunton), Melbourne Theatre Company (Melbourne), Sydney Theatre Company, National Theatre of Parramatta and Belvoir Theatre (Sydney). Her play “Golden Shield” will make its Off-Broadway debut at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2021-22.

King is currently a screenwriter on “The Baby,” a dark horror comedy produced by Sister Pictures for HBO/Sky. She is also writing on TV projects in development for AMC, Sister Pictures, BBC Studios, Warner Bros, Netflix, Easy Tiger, Lucky Chap Entertainment, Hoodlum Entertainment and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

 

Meet the Director

MEI ANN TEO

Mei Ann Teo (they/she) is a queer immigrant from Singapore making theatre & film at the intersection of artistic/civic/contemplative practice. As a director/devisor/dramaturg, they create across genres, including music theatre, intermedial participatory work, reimagining classics, and documentary theatre. Directing work includes world premieres Jillian Walker’s SKiNFoLK: An American Show at the Bushwick Starr (NYTimes Critics Pick, NYMag’s matrix “Highbrow and Brilliant”) and Madeline Sayet’s Where We Belong at Shakespeare’s Globe and Woolly Mammoth (“directed with cinematic grandeur” -Washington Post). Teo’s international work includes Belgium’s Festival de Liege (Bryonn Bain’s Lyrics From Lockdown, “Truly polished, meaningful and entertaining” -New York Times), Edinburgh International Fringe (Thorvald Aagaard’s MiddleFlight, “Stunning” -Scotsman), Beijing International Festival (Labyrinth – Top 8 in Beijing News), and Dim Sum Warriors the Musical by Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo, composed by Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun for national China twenty-five city tour. Recent work includes Walden by Amy Berryman at Theaterworks Hartford, and Nia Witherspoon’s Chronicle X at the Shed.