The Bed Trick

By Keiko Green

Directed by Makaela Milburn

Center Theatre at Seattle Center

March 20, 2024


April 7, 2024

College: a time of freedom, of frivolity, of friskiness. Freshmen Lulu and Marianne test their limits as they party through the school year in search of their place in the world: Marianne is newly eighteen, while Lulu tries to reignite a spark with her boyfriend of ten years. But when their drama-nerd-roommate Harriet brings in baggage from a student production of Measure for Measure, ideas of consent and manipulation start to seep into their lives. 

Seattle favorite Keiko Green brings her sharp provocation and biting humor to a new play that puts contemporary discussions in direct conversation with one of the most problematic devices in Shakespeare. In the grand tradition of the problem plays, The Bed Trick has no answers, but will have you pondering the questions long after you leave the theatre.

Keiko Green is a playwright, screenwriter, and performer based in Los Angeles and Seattle. She is a Core Company Member at ACT, the 2023 Resident Playwright at Orange County’s Chance Theatre, and previously part of Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Writers Group and Theatre Mu’s New Play Incubator. As an actor, she has performed at Seattle Shakespeare Company in Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All’s Well That Ends Well, Bring Down the House Pts 1 & 2, as well as Love’s Labours Lost and Much Ado About Nothing with Wooden O. As a playwright, her plays have been developed/produced by the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Old Globe, the Kennedy Center, the National New Play Network, Playwrights Realm, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Atlantic Theatre Company. Seattle productions include: Hometown Boy (Seattle Public Theater), a virtual production of Wad (ACT), and Nadeshiko (Sound Theatre Company) — which received the Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play. She is currently working on commissions from MTC/Sloan Foundation, the Old Globe, and Seattle Shakespeare Company. As a screenwriter, she wrote on Hulu’s upcoming Interior Chinatown and is developing a sci-fi thriller with Hillman Grad. BFA: NYU Drama – Experimental Theatre Wing, MFA: UCSD Playwriting.