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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  • Daniel Prillaman:
    11 Jul. 2020
    Heart-wrenching, beautifully symbolic, and enchanting in its construction, “Lyon’s Den” is a deeply layered portrait of grief and the way it frays the ropes that bind a family together. Through Q, himself a fantastic, complex storyteller, Young reveals information and the history of the Lyon family organically and naturally, in complete command of the web-like narrative at every turn. The resulting stage pictures are outmatched only by the imagery of Q’s poetry, and would be immense to see realized in a performance. Excellent work.
  • 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!

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Pittsburgh Public Theater
    ,
    2020
  • 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