Keiko Green

Keiko Green

KEIKO GREEN is a San Diego-based playwright, screenwriter, performer, and proud Core Company Member at ACT Theatre in Seattle and Theatre Mu's new play incubator the Mu Tang Clan. Her plays have been developed and/or produced by the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference (summer 2021), ACT Theatre, the Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, Playwrights...
KEIKO GREEN is a San Diego-based playwright, screenwriter, performer, and proud Core Company Member at ACT Theatre in Seattle and Theatre Mu's new play incubator the Mu Tang Clan. Her plays have been developed and/or produced by the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference (summer 2021), ACT Theatre, the Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, Playwrights Realm, and Actors Express. As an actor, Keiko has performed at the Denver Center of Performing Arts, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, and the National Asian American Theatre Company among others. She currently has commissions from the Old Globe Theatre and ACT Theatre. She is a third-year MFA Playwriting candidate at UC San Diego. Keiko is represented by the Gersh Agency.

Plays

  • Hells Canyon
    A seven-month pregnant Ariel Wong arrives at a cabin, nestled deep in the Eastern Oregon mountain range for a weekend away with a group of friends. As hidden resentments surface and tensions rise, the gang turns their attention to an unseen force outside, attempting to break through the front door. In this horror-thriller, Ariel must come to terms with a long history of conflicts, big and small, before they...
    A seven-month pregnant Ariel Wong arrives at a cabin, nestled deep in the Eastern Oregon mountain range for a weekend away with a group of friends. As hidden resentments surface and tensions rise, the gang turns their attention to an unseen force outside, attempting to break through the front door. In this horror-thriller, Ariel must come to terms with a long history of conflicts, big and small, before they manifest into an unstoppable darkness.
  • Exotic Deadly: or the MSG Play
    O'Neill National Playwrights Conference - Selection
    Susan Blackburn Prize - Nominee
    Seven Devils Playwrights Conference - Finalist
    KCACTF Darrell Ayers Award - 2nd Place

    It’s 1999, and Ami is an awkward, Japanese American high school girl, just trying to stay as invisible as possible. But her world comes crashing down with a terrible discovery: her family is responsible...
    O'Neill National Playwrights Conference - Selection
    Susan Blackburn Prize - Nominee
    Seven Devils Playwrights Conference - Finalist
    KCACTF Darrell Ayers Award - 2nd Place

    It’s 1999, and Ami is an awkward, Japanese American high school girl, just trying to stay as invisible as possible. But her world comes crashing down with a terrible discovery: her family is responsible for manufacturing MSG, the poison spice getting all the kids hooked. Meanwhile, a mysterious new girl arrives from Japan. Her name? Exotic Deadly. She’s loud, she smokes, and she’s not playing by the rules. Who… or what is she? In this time traveling adventure, Ami vows to save the world from MSG and realizes what she’s capable of, if she would just stop being invisible.
  • Sharon
    2021 Finish Line Commission - Cygnet Theatre (San Diego)

    Sharon and Jakey are a loving mother and son, running the crumbling apartment building in Everett, WA that's been in the family for generations, repainting the walls as the tenants move in and out. Or are they...? Soon we start to realize that perhaps this family is not what they seem. As the story unfolds and power switches hands, we...
    2021 Finish Line Commission - Cygnet Theatre (San Diego)

    Sharon and Jakey are a loving mother and son, running the crumbling apartment building in Everett, WA that's been in the family for generations, repainting the walls as the tenants move in and out. Or are they...? Soon we start to realize that perhaps this family is not what they seem. As the story unfolds and power switches hands, we finally get to the bottom of this comedic thriller, asking the questions: What does survival look like? And where the f*ck is Sharon!?
  • Wad
    Susan Blackburn Prize - Nominee
    American Blues Theatre, Blue Ink Award - Finalist
    Neukom Literary Arts Award - Finalist

    Jim is on death row. Nyce is his pen pal, and a senior in high school. In any case, she's just a high school kid with a true crime obsession and a crappy home life. As Jim’s execution date nears, he and Nyce live out alternate realities, fantasize about death...
    Susan Blackburn Prize - Nominee
    American Blues Theatre, Blue Ink Award - Finalist
    Neukom Literary Arts Award - Finalist

    Jim is on death row. Nyce is his pen pal, and a senior in high school. In any case, she's just a high school kid with a true crime obsession and a crappy home life. As Jim’s execution date nears, he and Nyce live out alternate realities, fantasize about death and dying, tell a bunch of lies, and eventually get to something close to the truth.
  • Hometown Boy
    Susan Blackburn Award - nominee
    KCACTF - distinguished honors
    2020 NNPN MFA Playwrights’ Workshop
    2021 World Premiere at Actors Express (Atlanta)

    After a decade away, James returns to his hometown in rural Georgia with his girlfriend to check in on Walter, his father, whose erratic behavior has been the talk of the town. Something stinks, and it’s not just this pig-stye of a...
    Susan Blackburn Award - nominee
    KCACTF - distinguished honors
    2020 NNPN MFA Playwrights’ Workshop
    2021 World Premiere at Actors Express (Atlanta)

    After a decade away, James returns to his hometown in rural Georgia with his girlfriend to check in on Walter, his father, whose erratic behavior has been the talk of the town. Something stinks, and it’s not just this pig-stye of a house. Hometown Boy is a story of outsiders, power dynamics due to race and class, and a rotten core at the center of this story that is at last making its way to the surface.
  • Ballad of the White Tiger
    Playwrights Realm, Scratchpad Series - selection

    After a horrific car accident, two bi-racial sisters are left estranged. Hana disappears to Japan in an effort to connect with her Japanese heritage and start over. Yuki, now in a wheelchair, picks up the pieces and moves on in her new life. In Japan, Hana slowly learns of the complicated history of the Aizu people and the story of The White Tiger...
    Playwrights Realm, Scratchpad Series - selection

    After a horrific car accident, two bi-racial sisters are left estranged. Hana disappears to Japan in an effort to connect with her Japanese heritage and start over. Yuki, now in a wheelchair, picks up the pieces and moves on in her new life. In Japan, Hana slowly learns of the complicated history of the Aizu people and the story of The White Tiger, a clan of young samurai boys who met a tragic demise in a feudal war in the 1800’s — a war that left a mark on this territory of Japan as eternal “outsiders.” As these old stories come to life, Yuki and Hana’s paths seem to head into the same tragic ends as their ancestors, in this story of familial connection, multi-racial identity, and the impossible desire to take back one terrible action that will haunt you forever.
  • Gorgeous
    Summary:
    Set in an open garage in suburban Georgia, a young Asian-American woman named Jenny goes head-to-head with Bernie, who seems more like a tornado than a woman, in an all-out brawl after the death of Bill, an old, miserable, asshole-turned-Saint. The item in question? Bill's English bulldog Gorgeous. This dramedy set in the not-so-romanticized South asks: who gets to change their story?...
    Summary:
    Set in an open garage in suburban Georgia, a young Asian-American woman named Jenny goes head-to-head with Bernie, who seems more like a tornado than a woman, in an all-out brawl after the death of Bill, an old, miserable, asshole-turned-Saint. The item in question? Bill's English bulldog Gorgeous. This dramedy set in the not-so-romanticized South asks: who gets to change their story?

    History of the piece:
    2016: Workshop/Reading at the Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle, WA)
    2018: Workshop/Reading with Theatre Battery (Kent, WA)
  • NADESHIKO
    Gregory Award, Outstanding New Play - winner
    Kilroys List - honorable mention

    Summary:
    NADESHIKO is a full-length play that explores the historical context of the fetishization of the Asian woman, told through dual story-telling. The main story follows that of Risa, a young Asian American woman, who takes on a mysterious task via Craigslist to make ends meet. She develops an...
    Gregory Award, Outstanding New Play - winner
    Kilroys List - honorable mention

    Summary:
    NADESHIKO is a full-length play that explores the historical context of the fetishization of the Asian woman, told through dual story-telling. The main story follows that of Risa, a young Asian American woman, who takes on a mysterious task via Craigslist to make ends meet. She develops an unusual friendship with her client, a well-to-do older white man. We also meet a recently deceased woman, who was part of the Nadeshiko unit in World War II in Japan. The Nadeshiko Unit was comprised of teenage girls who cared for Japanese Kamikaze pilots before they flew to their deaths. The play explores the feminine expectations of Asian women, as well as how those expectations influenced racially specific sexual fetishes that still exist today.

    History of the piece:
    NADESHIKO was originally developed as part of the Seattle Repertory Theatre Writers Group Residency (2015-2017). After a public reading there, the script was produced by Sound Theatre Company in April 2017. It received Outstanding New Play at the 2017 Gregory Awards in Seattle and was listed as an Honorable Mention on the 2017 Kilroys List.