Keiko Green

Keiko Green

Keiko Green is a 2nd-year MFA Playwriting student at University of California San Diego and proud Core Company member at ACT Theatre in Seattle. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia to a bilingual household (Japanese and English). She received her BFA from NYU's Tisch School with a focus on Experimental Theatre. Keiko lived in Seattle for six years, where she is a Core Company Member at ACT Theatre and a...
Keiko Green is a 2nd-year MFA Playwriting student at University of California San Diego and proud Core Company member at ACT Theatre in Seattle. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia to a bilingual household (Japanese and English). She received her BFA from NYU's Tisch School with a focus on Experimental Theatre. Keiko lived in Seattle for six years, where she is a Core Company Member at ACT Theatre and a former member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre's Writers' Group. Her play "Nadeshiko" won the Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play, as well as landing on the Honorable Mentions for the national Kilroys List. Her plays have been developed and/or produced by ACT Theatre, the Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the Playwrights Realm. She was a finalist for both the Many Voices and Jerome Fellowships at the Playwrights Center. 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. Keiko's original work focuses on marginalized voices, specifically spinning narratives to centralize characters that are usually plot devices.

Plays

  • Exotic Deadly: or the MSG Play
    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...
    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.
  • Wad
    Previously "The History of Death." This is the most current draft of a play in process.

    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...
    Previously "The History of Death." This is the most current draft of a play in process.

    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
    *Still in Development.
    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
    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...
    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
    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,...
    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.
  • Bunnies
    A warren of abandoned bunnies in Woodland Park evolves into a dark religious cult in this gleefully unsettling tale of revenge, sacrifice, and the most transgressive love of all. -- inspired by the classic Greek tragedy The Bacchae.
  • Life.Cycle.
    In the Offices of Reincarnation, life goes on and on and on. Val and Andrew have been working together for centuries with few speedbumps -- but when a simple Southern woman arrives in the offices, we realize everyone has a past.