TJ Young

TJ Young

TJ Young is a Texas-born playwright and dramaturg based in Pittsburgh where he serves as co-representative for the Dramatists Guild - Pittsburgh region. His plays include NO. 6 (2017 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award Winner – KCACTF), LYON’S DEN (2018 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Distinguished Play Winner), RUBY’S BABY BLUE (2016 John Cable Short Play Regional Selection- KCACTF), HELL IS EMPTY (2017 John Cable Short...
TJ Young is a Texas-born playwright and dramaturg based in Pittsburgh where he serves as co-representative for the Dramatists Guild - Pittsburgh region. His plays include NO. 6 (2017 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award Winner – KCACTF), LYON’S DEN (2018 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Distinguished Play Winner), RUBY’S BABY BLUE (2016 John Cable Short Play Regional Selection- KCACTF), HELL IS EMPTY (2017 John Cable Short Play Regional Selection - KCACTF), HALLMARK (TETA Playfest 10-minute Winner), CUPID, and THE FRONTLINES. His 10 minute plays are : BEFORE THE FIRE (Fade to Black 2018 Festival Selection), EFFIE, ROCK THE CRADLE, LILIES, and STUFFED. He is the recipient of the 2017 Ken Ludwig Playwriting Scholarship. He has had productions at Texas State University as part of their New Works Festival, Director/Designer Collaboration Project, and as part of their 2016-2017 Main Stage Season. He is the 2019 Spotlight Artist of Throughline Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Texas State University. He has been a Teaching Artist with City Theatre in Pittsburgh and works with Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh. He is also the NPP Vice-Chair for Region 2 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is a member of subTEXT Solutions Dramaturgy Group and with the groundbreaking Entertainment Engineering Collective.

Plays

  • Unnamed Baby Play
    After several attempts at having another child, wives Lisa and Bex turn to the internet for help. They find their help in a gay couple, Aaron and Charles. As we are pulled back through the events that got them to where they are, the lives of these four become more entwined and complicated than they had ever planned on. They lay their story bare, sharing their deepest fears about parenthood, the secret betrayals...
    After several attempts at having another child, wives Lisa and Bex turn to the internet for help. They find their help in a gay couple, Aaron and Charles. As we are pulled back through the events that got them to where they are, the lives of these four become more entwined and complicated than they had ever planned on. They lay their story bare, sharing their deepest fears about parenthood, the secret betrayals of their relationships, and say the things they never got to say.
  • Dark Skinned Pavement
    Ever since an accident that limited B.J.'s ability to work, Harpo has been putting food on the table by watching other people's children. After an incident at Harpo's in-home daycare threatens her business, B.J.'s cousin, Shay, introduces them to Dwaylan - a man that can keep Harpo in business. What Dwaylan wants in return might be more than Harpo is willing to give, as the memory of the one...
    Ever since an accident that limited B.J.'s ability to work, Harpo has been putting food on the table by watching other people's children. After an incident at Harpo's in-home daycare threatens her business, B.J.'s cousin, Shay, introduces them to Dwaylan - a man that can keep Harpo in business. What Dwaylan wants in return might be more than Harpo is willing to give, as the memory of the one child she couldn't protect comes crashing back into their lives.
  • Lyon's Den
    The Lyon’s 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 Daniel 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 Lyon’s 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 Daniel 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.
  • Effie
    Devin, otherwise known as Effie Vescent, is a drag queen in the middle of a performance that isn't going that great. When Devin's father shows up backstage to offer partial reconciliation, Devin must decide if the connection to his family is worth his morals.
  • Ruby's Baby Blue
    After four years away from home, Jason has finally returned home for a party his mother is throwing for him. He has brought his husband along, only his mother and sister don't even know he is gay. The party isn't normal either as it is a living funeral for Jason. With the uncertainty of how long Jason has to live, they must finally confront the things that have gone unspoken for too long.
  • STUFFED
    Milly and Johnny are broken up. They have been for months. But, they still sleep in the same bed. Johnny sleeps with a teddy bear he got from his new girlfriend and Milly finds out. The two bring it all to the surface when the bear reminds Milly of how much Johnny really hurt her.