Joshua Young

Joshua Young

Joshua Young is a proud member of The Public Theater's 2018-2019 Emerging Writers Group. He was a 2018 Horton Foote Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His play Red Room on a Dark Web was a 2018 O'Neill Center National Playwrights Conference semifinalist and a 2018 SPACE on Ryder Farm semifinalist. His play The Execution and The Rapture was a 2017 PlayPenn semifinalist and his play Who Mourns...
Joshua Young is a proud member of The Public Theater's 2018-2019 Emerging Writers Group. He was a 2018 Horton Foote Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His play Red Room on a Dark Web was a 2018 O'Neill Center National Playwrights Conference semifinalist and a 2018 SPACE on Ryder Farm semifinalist. His play The Execution and The Rapture was a 2017 PlayPenn semifinalist and his play Who Mourns for Bob the Goon? was a Mabou Mines/ Suite 2016 Resident Artist semifinalist. His playwriting work has been developed or produced at: The HERE Arts Center, The Cherry Lane Theatre, Dixon Place, The Brick, The Tank, Primary Stages, New York Madness, Naked Angels, FringeNYC, Rhapsody Cycle, The Exquisite Corpse Company (ECC), MITF, and Planet Connections.

Josh is 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, and Technicolor.

He is a founding member of The Playwriting Collective, a playwright driven initiative designed to support writers from lower economic backgrounds.

Plays

  • My Guggenheim Play
    An in-house theater technician and stage manager duo start to suspect their middle-manager boss has been embezzling from the large museum that employs them. A true, unreported story from 2013.
  • Appalachian Pachinko
    Siblings Bud and Sissy open a Pachinko Parlor in their deteriorating town’s abandoned coalmine. To save her community Sissy must defeat the mine’s proprietor in a tournament of high stakes Pachinko!
  • Red Room on a Dark Web
    A horror-drama about two desperate teenagers trying to flee a post-industrial city that is literally poisoning them. The two teens, Dezba and Kevin, find a “Create a Creepypasta” contest on the darknet and attempt to win so they can finance their escape. Dezba’s father, a failing copper pirate, discovers his daughter knows how to make money on the dark web and forces her to do cam shows to bring him an income.
  • Lime-A-Rita Racist
    A man nearly kills a hostile racist and seeks vindication from his coworker, a mother trying to figure out where her son’s violent streaks are coming from.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • #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.
  • Sunlight on High Chrome
    A financially successful woman approaches an impoverished, working-class family in Lancaster, Ohio and tells them she’s their daughter, even though neither husband nor wife remembers having a child.
  • 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.
  • Picture of an Arrest
    A man under arrest pushes the temperament of his arresting officer
  • 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.
  • Godzilla Vs. My Ex-Girlfriends
    With Godzilla rampaging across the city, every fleeing citizen Josh runs into seems to be someone he has dated. It’s far less heteronormative than the title implies.
  • 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.
  • Woodstock '99
    Using projected images of twitter, texting, and facebook… in a real-time twitter talkback Shelley is forced to confront the man she believes assaulted her at the ’99 Woodstock festival.
  • May 21st - Judgement Day
    Valentine has lived her young life locked in a bunker, believing she’s safe from a raging Apocalypse above her. She learns her savior is really her captor, a religious zealot, and must escape.
  • 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.