In All My Fathers, the playwright’s elderly mother says that he is the bastard son of the family pediatrician. This surreal, seemingly scripted disclosure instantly rewrites the his devoutly Christian, Southern upbringing. All My Fathers incorporates text from both obscure and well-known family plays such as The Seagull, Oedipus,Well, The Strange Discovery, and All My Sons. Directed by Obie-winner Evan Yionoulis (He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, Ohio State Murders), All My Fathers runs October 3–20, 2019 at La MaMa Downstairs Theatre.
faust 3: the turd coming, or the fart of the deal
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “Some of the new productions take the critiques and portrayals of [Trump] to a whole other level. Consider Paul David Young’s “Faust 3: The Turd Coming, or The Fart of the Deal,” now playing at Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan. Mr. Young, a playwright whose work has been previously produced in New York, views Mr. Trump through the devilish lens of the Faust story, but with a darkly comic—and very scatological—twist."
THE NEW YORK TIMES: "Must I also mention “Faust 3: The Turd Coming, or The Fart of the Deal,” a satire of Mr. Trump performed by a company of clowns? I must.”
HYPERALLERGIC: “Between its uncompromising, blistering rage and its condemnatory rhetorical stance, the play has many echoes of Biblical prophecy. . . . With its trove of references and dizzying wordplay, it is an impressive feat of rhetoric, and ensemble members Ayun Halliday, Aidan O’Shea, Regina Strayhorn, and Ben Watts deftly deliver Paul David Young’s ambitious text at a Beckettian, breakneck pace.”
STAGEBUDDY: “This is experimental, Brechtian, political theater done right, with every millisecond of the hour-long performance packed with nuance and perspicacity.”
Named as on of the 13 best Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway in 2015 by TALKINGBROADWAY.COM:
"Kentucky Cantata is a masterful work that is likely to stay with you for a long time after the final bows." "devastating" "brilliantly composed"
THE NEW YORK TIMES: “In his dark comedy ‘Clown Play,’ Paul David Young intriguingly combines critical elements from the horror playbook: angry clowns, semiautomatic weapons, an abandoned house in the suburbs.”
THE VILLAGE VOICE: "completely unconventional” “The script is intelligently bizarre: It’s Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects meets Marcel Marceau, and ultimately connects its disorienting components into an ode to clowning and the pain it sometimes masks."
In The Summer Pavilion
BACKSTAGE “Critic’s Pick”: “Paul David Young’s compassionate drama ‘In the Summer Pavilion’ was a highlight of the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival. An imaginative exploration of the various possible futures for three close friends just one year out of college, it has moved on to an Off-Broadway run with a tweaked script . . . the show remains a quiet winner.”
THE DAILY NEWS: “Paul David Young's hour-long one-act, ‘In the Summer Pavilion,’ boasts an achy and richly observant story and a talented ensemble.”