Meetoo feels as if she is ‘stuck’ in a black and white, capitalistic world which refuses to understand her, and she feels as if she is ‘performing’ in her workplace as someone else. In Globetron, she is stuck between a few polarizing identities; she is either a mother, a worker, or an immigrant unfamiliar with local culture, but the company refuses to allow her to be all three. She begins to wonder; where does her ‘performance’ end and her personality begin?
One of her clearest performances here is of the worker. As the play unfolds, Metoo's days are depicted in the office, showing the same ‘restored behaviour’- typing away at the laptop, making regular reports, and chatting to her workaholic colleague Shel-B. Metoo dons a calm, professional demeanour, going through the motions of the day, and her ‘performance’ as a highly efficient, productive employee is going well.
In photo: Metoo (right) discovers a variety of disturbing facts about Globetron; they drug her colleague Shel-B to make her less emotional and more productive at her job. The drug is taken via Shel-B's daily iced coffee. Credit: personally taken photograph
Credit: personally taken photograph
This performance, however, starts weakening the minute she makes two discoveries; her new business cards, which have her ‘workplace name’ Shel-C printed, and not her own, and what she learns her colleague Shel-B has been subjected to by Globetron to make her a better worker. Meetoo’s name is an aspect of her identity that is essential; a piece of her culture, her religion, and her own language, the dynamics of which significantly changed when she immigrated to Spenglia for her job. Metoo's 'performance' as an immigrant, and as a mother, is shown through her outrage. She is also horrified that Globetron feeds Shel-B 'emotional discharger' drinks in an attempt to cure Shel-B's depression over a friend's death. Her colleague is now addicted, and is facing several other health problems. Besides this culture shock, she is informed that her son needs emergency lung surgery when he calls her workplace, and her protests against her business cards stop immediately. Her job now has higher stakes; to earn enough to pay for her son's care. She has to 'recompose' and 'recharacterize' her performance as a good employee, as she is now a part of Globetron, and of Spenglia.
This part of the play is an allusion to how Muslim immigrants in America, who come from several countries, customs, and languages, all need to ‘re-characterize’ their performance as Muslims, as they are now Americans as well. That, in and of itself, innately shakes how they approach the question of their identity.
In photo: Metoo's collegue Shel-B (left) rudely reacts to a call from Metoo's son, who is in the emergency room. Credit: Personally taken photograph