Joshua Young

Joshua Young

Joshua Young is a proud member of The Public Theater's 2018-2019 Emerging Writers Group, a member of the 2019-2020 The Flea Serials Writers Room, and a member of the 2020 Project Y Playwrights Group. His plays include Lime-A-Rita Racist (The Public Theater’s 2019 Spotlight Reading Series), Red Room on a Dark Web (Primary Stages ESPA Drills 2019 Reading Series, 2018 O'Neill semifinalist, 2018 SPACE...
Joshua Young is a proud member of The Public Theater's 2018-2019 Emerging Writers Group, a member of the 2019-2020 The Flea Serials Writers Room, and a member of the 2020 Project Y Playwrights Group. His plays include Lime-A-Rita Racist (The Public Theater’s 2019 Spotlight Reading Series), 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. 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.

He’s an IATSE technician, designer, and editor. His work as an editor and post-production specialist was wall credited on the MoMA exhibition 100 Years in Post-Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History. In his design and technical capacity he’s worked at The MoMA, The Guggenheim, Technicolor, and many theaters around NYC. He was formerly a speechwriter (2005 - 2009) specializing in activist speeches advising high school students in lower economic regions on how to get into and pay for college.

Plays

  • Lime-A-Rita Racist
    Lime-A-Rita Racist is about whether it’s right or wrong to punch a modern-day nazi. In the play, a seemingly mild-mannered guy knocks the ever-loving shit out of man who had a racist rant. Is toxic masculinity still toxic if it’s on your side… if you think it’s being used for good? The lead character sees her friend in a new light after he stops this nazi while trying to make sense of her son’s increasingly...
    Lime-A-Rita Racist is about whether it’s right or wrong to punch a modern-day nazi. In the play, a seemingly mild-mannered guy knocks the ever-loving shit out of man who had a racist rant. Is toxic masculinity still toxic if it’s on your side… if you think it’s being used for good? The lead character sees her friend in a new light after he stops this nazi while trying to make sense of her son’s increasingly violent temper tantrums. Who gets to be angry in America? Who gets to do something about their anger?
  • 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
    Once a bustling coal mining community, Mingo County, West Virginia is now impoverished and in need of something new. Siblings Bud and Sissy decide to open a Pachinko Parlor in the town’s derelict coal mine, hoping to transform the dark space into something bright and joyous while revitalizing their town in the process. But their plans are thwarted when their friend, Yul, whose family owns the mine, betrays...
    Once a bustling coal mining community, Mingo County, West Virginia is now impoverished and in need of something new. Siblings Bud and Sissy decide to open a Pachinko Parlor in the town’s derelict coal mine, hoping to transform the dark space into something bright and joyous while revitalizing their town in the process. But their plans are thwarted when their friend, Yul, whose family owns the mine, betrays them. When Yul defeats Bud in Pachinko and takes control of the parlor for himself, Sissy must embrace her potential and vanquish Yul in a high stakes game of Pachinko! She must win in front of the whole town to stand a chance of regaining control of the parlor and to save her community.
  • My Guggenheim Play
    My Guggenheim Play is the true story of being a whistleblower in an unreported embezzling scheme at The Guggenheim in 2013. I was a technician in their Theater Department when I stumbled upon a bizarre plot… my boss had secretly been double billing labor, shipping, and equipment to the museum for years under a made-up company. Like any New York theater he’d hire outside companies for load-in, tech, etc… and...
    My Guggenheim Play is the true story of being a whistleblower in an unreported embezzling scheme at The Guggenheim in 2013. I was a technician in their Theater Department when I stumbled upon a bizarre plot… my boss had secretly been double billing labor, shipping, and equipment to the museum for years under a made-up company. Like any New York theater he’d hire outside companies for load-in, tech, etc… and just staple his made up invoice to theirs to get secretly paid… for 20 years. And this man, a self-confessed gun nut, did not intend to go quietly.
  • 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 is 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bloody Mythology
    The old gods of myth and legend are real... and driven to apocalyptic rage when Prometheus offers them a recompense for stealing fire all those years ago. Now driven to great addiction the gods scour humanity to satiate their cruel whims.
  • 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.
  • Bad China
    A family desperate for an opioid fix consider Bad China as a cheap replacement... Bad China is the street name for mixing heroin, cocaine, and kool aid and shooting it up.
  • 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.
  • #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.
  • A Midsummer Night's American Dream
    Athens is in decline with a war on two fronts with Corinth and Sparta and in an ongoing recession. After the fairy diaspora to Athens, issues of intolerance permeate the city-state
  • Apollo's Defiance
    The god of truth holds a town hall meeting to dispute accusations recently made against him.
  • Engorged Alien Entropy
    A genre novelist, specifically alien interspecies erotica, meets her biggest fan.
  • Earth Learned Cruelty
    After it suddenly starts raining bullets in NYC, literally raining bullets, a group of survivors discover that the earth is sentient and has learned the most human of traits, cruelty.
  • 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.
  • High Stakes Soda Machine
    Co-workers gather around a possibly broken or possibly self-aware soda machine. The machine pits them one against the other as secrets are revealed while they wait for their beverages.
  • Misophonia
    A mother turns against her son and husband because they make too much noise around the house.
  • A Harrowing of Hell
    During Christ's Harrowing of Hell he stops to rest in the forest of the suicides within the seventh circle. A certain tree lets him know that God's not doing all that great of a job protecting the innocents.