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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!
  • 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.
  • Neil Wechsler:
    26 Jan. 2020
    Such a powerful piece. Great tension between the characters. Excellent blend of styles and manipulation of time.
  • Tyler Joseph Rossi:
    24 Aug. 2019
    Young blends elements of Greek tragedy seamlessly into the modern day. The poetry pouring out of this piece is nothing short of extraordinary. There's also a wonderful blend of comedy seen in Young's spin of the Greek Chorus which gives the audience a chance to catch their breath. I can't express enough how much I love how it tackles grief in all its forms, how we grieve - how others perceive, even judge that grief.

    Give LYON'S DEN a read.
  • Unicorn Theatre:
    28 Mar. 2019
    This play was a FINALIST for the 2017-2018 In-Progress New Play Reading Series at Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. It is our pleasure to support LYON'S DEN.
  • Audrey Webb:
    21 Mar. 2019
    It's been a few years since I saw this show produced on zero budget at a university -- and the production sticks with me still. I remember being in awe that the slam poetry in it was written by someone I knew -- because it's nothing short of inspired genius! Given how powerful this production was on a shoestring, I can only imagine how it would transform with some more resources behind it. It's an emotionally deep and rich play, and is completely worth losing yourself in, so get to reading!
  • Jacqueline Goldfinger:
    9 Aug. 2018
    Exciting new play from a beautiful fresh new voice. Young's piece honors the history of theater while telling a brave new story of return, a path to solace and redemption in America today. He turns the Greek Chorus into heart-full, hysterical Church ladies. He nods to the poetic tradition of the ancients but re-makes their poetic incantations into a vibrant, contemporary medley of high poetry and traditional dialogue. Always moving, this play; the characters, their world is always moving forward, and they trail behind, trying to heal themselves and each other. Gorgeous work! Put this on your reading list today.
  • Kitchen Dog Theater:
    25 Apr. 2018
    We are pleased to support this play! It was a Finalist for the 2018 New Works Festival at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Texas.

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