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Jul 23, 2020

I Interview Playwrights Part 1092: T.J. Young

TJ Young

Hometown: Friendswood, TX

Current Town: Pittsburgh, PA

Q:  What are you working on now?

A:  I am working on an adaptation of The Three Musketeers, a live streaming/augmented reality project, and preparing for a reading of my new play titled Unnamed Baby Play.

Q:  If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be?

A: I would change the way we approach accessibility. I think that we are often really mindful of physical accessibility needs, but keeping in mind the social-economic needs of audiences is important as well. I know there are companies who are doing fantastic work in that regard but I feel like there is a long way to go to truly address it.

Q:  Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A: August Wilson, Paula Vogel, Stew, Steven Sater, Brecht, Suzan-Lori Parks

Q:  What kind of theater excites you?

A: Theater that looks at the intersectionality of characters and how they all bring their own baggage to a situation really gets me pumped. The plays that mess with verisimilitude and explore the internal and the magical excite me as well. When a play has fun things for designers to do and think about, utilizes high levels of theatricality, and explores deep psychological questions through those tools, I find it to be a winning combination to me.

Q:  What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out?

A:  The best advice that I ever got and continue to get is to show up ready to learn every day. You get better by writing, so continue to write even when it is hard.

Q:  Plugs, please:

A:  www.tj-young.com
subTEXT Solutions Dramaturgy Group; www.subtextsolutions.com

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