Joshua Young

Joshua Young

Joshua Young is a member of the 2020 Project Y Playwrights Group, a member of the 2020 The Flea Serials Writers Room, and was a proud member of The Public Theater's 2018-2019 Emerging Writers Group. His plays include Lime-A-Rita Racist (The Public Theater’s 2019 Spotlight Reading Series, 2020 New American Voices Playwriting Festival Semifinalist), Red Room on a Dark Web (Primary Stages ESPA Drills 2019...
Joshua Young is a member of the 2020 Project Y Playwrights Group, a member of the 2020 The Flea Serials Writers Room, and was a proud member of The Public Theater's 2018-2019 Emerging Writers Group. His plays include Lime-A-Rita Racist (The Public Theater’s 2019 Spotlight Reading Series, 2020 New American Voices Playwriting Festival Semifinalist), Red Room on a Dark Web (Primary Stages ESPA Drills 2019 Reading Series, 2018 O'Neill semifinalist, 2018 SPACE Working Farm semifinalist), Appalachian Pachinko! (Freshground Pepper Playgroup 2019 finalist), My Guggenheim Play (SPACE Working Farm 2019 semifinalist), The Execution and The Rapture (Mabou Mines 2019 Resident Artist semifinalist, PlayPenn 2017 semifinalist), and Who Mourns for Bob the Goon? (HERE Arts Center Sublet Series 2016, Mabou Mines 2016 Resident Artist semifinalist.)

He was a 2019 Melnick Award Finalist and a 2018 Horton Foote Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He’s a two time Cherry Lane Mentor Project nominee and his playwriting has been developed or produced at: The Public Theater, Primary Stages, The HERE Arts Center, The Cherry Lane Theatre, Dixon Place, The Brick, The Tank, New York Madness, The One Minute Play Festival, Naked Angels, and FringeNYC. He’s a founding member of The Playwriting Collective, a playwright driven initiative designed to support writers from lower economic backgrounds.

Plays

  • Lime-A-Rita Racist
    Is it right to punch a nazi? When a mild-mannered guy knocks the ever-loving shit out of a racist scumbag, it causes his coworker to wonder if toxic masculinity is still toxic if it’s used for good.
  • My Guggenheim Play
    My Guggenheim Play is about perseverance and uncovering wrongdoing. It’s about corporate corruption, an especially pernicious brand because it masquerades as a nonprofit and panders in progressive sloganeering. It's the true story of an unreported embezzling scheme at The Guggenheim in 2013.
  • Red Room on a Dark Web
    Two desperate teenagers, Kevin and Dezba, need quick, hard cash to finance an escape from their post-industrial city. Decayed factories, now rusted and ruined metal monsters, bully and taunt the teens as this town of urban decay literally poisons them with its bad air and bad water. The friends feel like they’ve struck gold when they find a “Create the best Creepypasta” contest on the darknet that awards $10,...
    Two desperate teenagers, Kevin and Dezba, need quick, hard cash to finance an escape from their post-industrial city. Decayed factories, now rusted and ruined metal monsters, bully and taunt the teens as this town of urban decay literally poisons them with its bad air and bad water. The friends feel like they’ve struck gold when they find a “Create the best Creepypasta” contest on the darknet that awards $10,000. But when Dezba’s father’s stash of valuable copper is stolen he does the unthinkable after he learns his daughter knows how to make money on the darknet.
  • Appalachian Pachinko
    Appalachian siblings Bud and Sissy decide to open a Pachinko Parlor in their town’s derelict coal min. After betrayal and devastation, demons and techno-organic centaurs, only Sissy can vanquish her enemies and save her hometown by embracing power she’s long suppressed.
  • Sorghum
    In deep hilled Appalachia a man returns to the mountains to tell old relatives he's inherited the land. When he encounters a woman at a Sorghum mill he gets a lesson in remembering your history.
  • Bad China
    A family desperate for an opioid fix consider Bad China as a cheap replacement for their regular drug. Bad China is the street name for mixing heroin, cocaine, and kool aid and shooting it up.
  • Mellifluous
    EARLY DRAFT A public speaker is beckoned back to his hometown after someone defaces his grandfather’s tombstone by spray painting “Child Molester” all over it.
  • The Execution and the Rapture
    A husband and wife gather in an execution chamber in Virginia to see the death of the young man who murdered their daughter. The mother of the murderer also attends. As the young man is about to be executed, he vanishes in front of everyone’s eyes.
  • Who Mourns for Bob the Goon?
    Bob believes he's the Joker Henchman from the '89 Batman, Bob The Goon, and no one in his PTSD therapy group can convince him otherwise. The reason--the veterans in this special group also believe they are, or were, third tier comic book characters--the less heroic and most obscure. All begins to unravel when an ex-pilot, Langly, joins despite her belief that she is from the anime world, not a comic.
  • Adult Competitive Playground GO!
    A group of adults decide to vote on what childhood games would be fun to play. Things get progressively more competitive until the dreaded Red Rover is suggested.
  • Myn
    A young executive learns the time honored secrets of a major corporation.
  • Sock Puppet
    A woman finds an unusual way to cope with the loss of her mother.
  • Father - Daughter
    Amidst the chaos of a public shooting, a daughter calls her father. She’s been shot and she worries this will be the last time the two can ever speak. In a real time conversation he tries his best to help her survive, while she does her best to say goodbye.
  • Biohacker
    A human will shed over 100 pounds of DNA in a lifetime; tossed out on discarded cigarettes, thrown-away tissues... our DNA is everywhere. A young woman is on a mission to take DNA from trash and (using a process called phenotyping) create a replica of a stranger's face so realistic, they'd recognize themselves if they passed her art gallery. Part geneticist, part artist... she is... The Biohacker.
  • Apollo's Defiance
    The god of truth holds a town hall meeting to dispute accusations recently made against him.
  • #Medea
    A modern Medea where a pregnant Medea is cyber-bullied on the Internet by a nameless Chorus. They all write about Jason’s new girlfriend and keep pressuring Medea to have an abortion.
  • Carnival of LARP
    LARPing or Live Action Role Playing is the reason for living for a group of friends attending the first annual Carnival of LARP. This event was sold to them as bigger than Comic Con, bigger than Dragon Con… held in the lush Archipelagos Islands all the attendees were promised the best LARPing accommodations, games, and experience. But when the LARPers arrive they learn it’s more like the Fyre festival than...
    LARPing or Live Action Role Playing is the reason for living for a group of friends attending the first annual Carnival of LARP. This event was sold to them as bigger than Comic Con, bigger than Dragon Con… held in the lush Archipelagos Islands all the attendees were promised the best LARPing accommodations, games, and experience. But when the LARPers arrive they learn it’s more like the Fyre festival than Comic Con and the organizer behind this sham is about to learn LARPers have an appetite for immediate costumed justice!
  • Make Heaven Great Again
    Satan has whipped up his legion into frenzy. With his calls to “Make Heaven great again!” he wants to overthrow God and restore heaven to what he considers its past greatness…
  • Aphrodite's Notebook
    After embracing her ‘dirty 30s,’ a woman has a chance encounter with Aphrodite.
  • The Orientation
    A prestigious New York City hotel holds their annual front-line staff new hire orientation at a high-end performance venue. As two seasoned AV staffers watch the show the keynote speaker starts taking the orientation in unexpected, and dangerous, directions.