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), DARK SKINNED PAVEMENT (2020 Inkslinger Playwriting Award Winner), RUBY’S BABY BLUE (2016 John Cable Short Play...
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), DARK SKINNED PAVEMENT (2020 Inkslinger Playwriting Award 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 worked 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 Partner at subTEXT Solutions Dramaturgy Group and with the groundbreaking Entertainment Engineering Collective.

Plays

  • STROKE
    [WORK IN PROGRESS]
    Trip, a once-great painter finds herself relegated to making educational art videos instead of the art she wishes to make. When Trip's ex-girlfriend, Meredith, shows up wanting to truly move on from their relationship, Trip comes up with a plan to keep Meredith around - even if just for a little bit longer. As Trip slips back into her old destructive habits, she is confronted by...
    [WORK IN PROGRESS]
    Trip, a once-great painter finds herself relegated to making educational art videos instead of the art she wishes to make. When Trip's ex-girlfriend, Meredith, shows up wanting to truly move on from their relationship, Trip comes up with a plan to keep Meredith around - even if just for a little bit longer. As Trip slips back into her old destructive habits, she is confronted by her muse who has also been trying to reach her, but for her own purposes. What is the cost of creativity? How can creation lead to destruction? Is any of it worth it?
  • WASH
    [WORK IN PROGRESS]
    A group of university scientists have made the discovery of a generation - a human who lives and breathes underwater. But the secret must be kept as they figure out what to do with this man, find where he came from, and determine what to do with him. They must come face-to-face with questions of ownership, humanity, and lineage as they discover more about this man in the tank.
  • Hell Is Empty
    [Work In Progress]
    Four friends return to their hotel suite after being caught in the rain. As they catch up, they are reminded of a blood oath they made to each other when they were children. The boundaries of their friendship are pushed as Marcus makes an ask that they can't all get behind. They are no longer who they were growing up, but does that promise they made each other still hold true?
  • Sperm Donor Wanted (or, The 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 Lyons 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 Philip 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 Lyons 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 Philip 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.
  • Hop And Griz
    Adapted from Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby. Shortly after the forceful removal of slave owners from their property, we find Hop and Griz working the land to prepare it for their families after crops were burned. Hop makes a wish to the gods of old that give way more than he anticipated. This is Part 1 of The Porch Swing Fables Play Cycle in early development.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Before The Fire
    1956. East Texas. As the Civil Rights movement is sweeping the nation, Reverend Walker is gearing up to send his choir to Alabama as part of a revival. That is until Pastor Stewart arrives to warn him of what might happen if he were to get involved.
  • 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.