Ken Green

Ken Green

I'm a guy who occasionally writes. Essays, fiction, stage plays, screenplays, bad poetry. People have been known to occasionally like what I have written. Which is good and strange. No major awards yet but if you'd like to present me with one, I promise to show up to receive it. Also, go White Sox.

Plays

  • 16 Inches
    "16 Inches" deals with the issue of changing neighborhoods and gentrification through the eyes of members of a 16-inch softball team in Chicago. The game, unique to Chicago, provides the spark that ignites a debate about who owns a neighborhood, a city, and what happens when things change. It also tries to examine this through humor, drinking and a lot of profanity (which, while not unique to Chicago, is pretty well represented).
  • State
    On a Chicago subway train, two people confront each other over who is the better "salesman."
  • Winner of Seven Gold Medals
    A mother and son touch on a pivotal moment in their lives with a discovery made while cleaning out the attic.
  • Filing In The Gaps
    After reluctantly taking a DNA test, a man finds himself meeting with a new "relative" discovered through the test who is decidedly more excited than he is about this "family reunion." This 10-minute play looks at the issue of privacy, technology and what it means to be "family."
  • In the Back/On the Floor
    "In The Back/On The Floor" examines the issue of minimum wage work through the eyes of workers at a chain retail store. Though paid the least, these workers are asked to bear the heaviest burden for the good of profit. They are often seen as easily replaceable parts, but also expected to believe they are members of a "family." When one worker with ambition sees his dreams of advancement...
    "In The Back/On The Floor" examines the issue of minimum wage work through the eyes of workers at a chain retail store. Though paid the least, these workers are asked to bear the heaviest burden for the good of profit. They are often seen as easily replaceable parts, but also expected to believe they are members of a "family." When one worker with ambition sees his dreams of advancement within the organization stunted, the situation raises the forbidden word - "union."
  • Getting It Done
    Three young men with high ambitions but low productivity discuss their current projects under the skeptical eye of an older and wiser bartender who tries to remind them there's a difference between talking and doing.
  • Guy Walks Into a Restaurant...
    In the aftermath of an incident of sexual harassment, two performers discuss the fallout and the meaning of apology and forgiveness.
  • The Campaign
    After a new ad campaign is unveiled, two account execs debate whether the ad contains elements that could be considered "racist." The opinion of another, lower ranking member of the firm is sought (much to dismay on one of the execs) and while the junior member toes the company line, he later reveals he might have ulterior motives for his compliancy.