Lyon's Den

The Lyons are a proud family. After moving to a new home, in hopes of rebuilding their lives after the loss of the youngest member of their family, they find that their troubles are quick to follow when a neighbor named Philip shows up at the door. We follow Q, a young poet and only Lyon son, as he takes us through the moments that lead to the demise of his family. This new work explores the pain of loss, the...
The Lyons are a proud family. After moving to a new home, in hopes of rebuilding their lives after the loss of the youngest member of their family, they find that their troubles are quick to follow when a neighbor named Philip shows up at the door. We follow Q, a young poet and only Lyon son, as he takes us through the moments that lead to the demise of his family. This new work explores the pain of loss, the purpose of family, and how to make a house a home again after it has been torn apart.
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Lyon's Den

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    30 Jun. 2020
    A masterfully executed family drama that transcends standard genre tropes and combines poetry, a fluid timeline, impactful double casting, and a potent storyline. Young's theatrical world is heightened yet human. He explores the fallout of an unspeakable tragedy and the ways that different people move forward, stagnate, or backwards in their grief. The characters in this fractured family are multi-dimensional and sympathetic. Q connects with the audience from the start, and it is hard not to be moved by his journey. The stage pictures are captivating as well--I'd love to see a creative director and design team realize this!
  • Dan Caffrey:
    23 Jun. 2020
    So often, it's easy for the poetry of a play to overwhelm the cohesion/linearity of the story. But not here. TJ blends the straightforward and the mysterious with such grace, humor, and compassion. Make no mistake—all of these characters make some egregious mistakes, but TJ never judges any of them. And thus the script becomes a thesis on radical empathy and forgiveness. Please check it out!
  • Toby Malone:
    21 May. 2020
    How do you find your voice when everything you loved has evaporated before your eyes? 'Lyon's Den' is a heartfelt, passionate meditation on the life of Q, a young African American man on the cusp of greatness unable to properly express the poetry in his soul. Dealing with family tragedy, misplaced anger, and the power of the unspoken, 'Lyon's Den' uses memory, spoken word, and collective grief to explore the path it takes to move forward after the unspeakable.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Texas State University
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Texas State University
    ,
    2017

Awards

Finalist
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2018 New Works Festival
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Kitchen Dog Theatre
,
2018
Finalist
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2017-2018 In-Progress New Play Reading Series
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Unicorn Theater
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2017