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Exotic Deadly: Or the MSG Play

April 8 – May 7, 2023
(Opening night: Thursday, April 13)

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

World premiere
By Keiko Green
Directed by Jesca Prudencio

It’s 1999, and Ami is an awkward Asian American high schooler whose world comes crashing down with a terrible discovery: her family is responsible for manufacturing MSG, the mysterious ingredient getting all the kids hooked! Meanwhile, a cool new girl arrives from Japan, and she’s not playing by the rules. In Keiko Green’s world-premiere play, Ami vows to redeem her family name and save the world from MSG. This whimsical, time-traveling adventure, directed by the celebrated Jesca Prudencio, is a riotous and hilarious romp through wild teenaged crushes, family legacies, and the magical properties of instant ramen!

Cast and Creatives


Keiko Green (Playwright) Upcoming: Exotic Deadly: or The MSG Play (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, summer 2022). Associations: Core Company Member at A Contemporary Theatre, former member of Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Writers Group. Productions/development: ACT, Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Seattle Rep, Cygnet Theatre, Playwrights Realm, others. Honors: Seattle’s Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play, Honorable Mention on The Kilroys’ List for Nadeshiko; Neukom Award for Playwriting finalist, Blue Ink Prize, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Playwrights’ Center’s Many Voices and Jerome Fellowships. As actor: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle Rep, ACT, others. Education: M.F.A. Playwriting student at UC San Diego (class of 2022).

Jesca Prudencio (Director) Director and choreographer dedicated to developing new theatrical works that humanize issues nationally and internationally. Recently: King Liz (Geffen Playhouse). Can We Now? (La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival), It’s a Ship Show! (Virgin Voyages, Valiant Lady), world premiere of Kit Yan and Melissa Yi’s Interstate (Mixed Blood, East West Players). Other credits: Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap (Steppenwolf), Vietgone, Actually (San Diego Rep), Calling (La MaMa ETC), Man of God (East West Players), A&Q (Pineapple Lab, Philippines), FAN (B-Floor, Thailand).Upcoming: Bald Sisters by Vichet Chum (Steppenwolf), Dot Dot Dot by Keelay Gipson and Sam Salmond (TheatreworksUSA). Other: Head of Directing at SDSU’s School of Theatre, Television, and Film; inaugural Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship. Education: B.F.A. from NYU Tisch, M.F.A. from UC San Diego. jescaprudencio.com.


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Director Jesca Prudencio.
Director Jesca Prudencio.