Paul David Young is a translator, playwright, and performance critic. His translations, with Carl Weber, of Heiner Müller’s Anatomy Titus Fall of Rome and Macbeth were published in 2012 as Heiner Müller: After Shakespeare. Robert Woodruff directed a reading of his Titus translation (with Bill Camp, Reg E. Cathey, et al.,) at CUNY's Segal Theater Center in New York in 2013. His translation of The Art of C.G. Jung was published by W.W. Norton & Co. in fall 2018. His play All My Fathers was presented by La MaMa E.T.C. in New York in fall 2019 as part of its 58th season. Evan Yionoulis, an Obie winner, formerly Professor in the Practice of Acting and Directing at Yale School of Drama and Resident Director at Yale Repertory Theatre for twenty years and now Richard Rodgers Director of Drama at Juilliard, directed the production, which was praised as "hilarious" by The New Yorker and otherwise critically hailed. His 2017 Trump satire, Faust 3: The Turd Coming, or The Fart of the Deal at Judson Church, was featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Village Voice ("Voice Choice") and was lauded in The Wall Street Journal, Hyperallergic, StageBuddy, FrontRowCenter and TheaterIsEasy. His Kentucky Cantata premiered in 2015 at HERE in New York. Howard Miller on Talkin' Broadway described it as "brilliantly composed": "Kentucky Cantata is a masterful work that is likely to stay with you for a long time after the final bows." Miller picked Kentucky Cantata as one of the top 13 plays of Off-Broadway and Off-Off- Broadway for 2015: "Paul David Young’s devastating play about a family tragedy, a blend of naturalism and a fourth-wall-breaching expressionistic design, was given a stellar production at HERE Arts Center under the direction of Kathy Gail MacGowan." Angel Lam, on The Easy, praised it as "a dark, poetic play": "Playwright Paul David Young's poetic writing moves comfortably between the psychological world of the characters (where a character speaks directly to the audience) and the traditional dialogue between a pair of actors at a specific time and place." His play In the Summer Pavilion was produced to critical acclaim in 2011 New York International Fringe Festival and again at 59e59 Theaters in New York in 2012. Erik Haagensen of Backstage chose it as "Critic's Pick" and wrote: "Paul David Young’s compassionate drama 'In the Summer Pavilion' was a highlight of the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival. It has moved on to an Off-Broadway run at 59E59 Theaters with a tweaked script and one cast replacement. The show remains a quiet winner." His Clown Play in the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival was hailed by The Village Voice as “intelligently bizarre.” His play No One But You won the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and was a finalist for the Kendeda Fellowship, and his one-act Aporia was a finalist for the Kennedy Center's John Cauble Short Play Award. His short play Christians Having Sex in Silence was a semifinalist in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival in 2011. His work has also been performed at MoMA PS1, Marlborough Gallery, Living Theatre, apexart, The Brick, LMAK Projects, Lion Theatre, C.O.W. Theater, Kraine Theater, Chain Theatre, Emerging Artists Theatre, Red Room, and Kaffileikhusid in Reykjavik. A Contributing Editor at PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press), he also writes for Hyperallergic. His book newARTtheatre: Evolutions of the Performance Aesthetic, about visual artists appropriating theatre, was issued by PAJ in 2014. New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop) selected him, along with Jess Barbagallo, to write Context Notes for the 2014-15 season. He appeared as a principal performer (with Janie Geiser and Michael Buscemi), in Patricia Thornley’s feature film THIS IS US: Don’t Cry For Me, in the New York Film Festival, Views from the Avant-Garde at Lincoln Center in 2013. He is a graduate of Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa), Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), and the New School for Drama (MFA Playwriting). He was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. He has had residencies at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace, Millay Colony, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Ensemble Studio Theatre's Summer Conference. LMCC awarded him a five-month Process Space residency on Governors Island for 2015, where he conceived and performed Curtain Wall Part 3: An Immersive Landscape Theater Performance of Christopher Marlowe's "Hero and Leander," in which he swam across New York Harbor. The project includes process documentation and his 28-minute video.
Heiner Müller: After Shakespeare, translated by Carl Weber and Paul David Young (New York: PAJ Publications, 2012)
Two of German playwright Heiner Müller's Shakespeare adaptations, "Macbeth after Shakespeare" and "Anatomy Titus Fall of Rome: A Shakespeare Commentary," are translated. Müller is generally regarded as the most significant German playwright after Bertolt Brecht, with whom he worked in East Germany before its collapse. Müller's adaptations pay homage to Shakespeare while being entirely Müller's own work.
Art & Crime2022
The Art of C.G. Jung2018
Awards and Recognition
- PLAYWRITING AWARDS No One But You, Kennedy Center Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, 2009 No One But You, runner-up, Kendeda Playwriting Fellowship, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta; 2009 Aporia, finalist, Kennedy Center John Cauble Short Play Award; 2009 Aporia, New Works of Merit Playwriting Competition --Third; 2009 Christians Having Sex in Silence, Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Semifinalist, 2011
Press and Media Mentions
- The New Yorker: In the hilarious first half of Paul David Young’s new play, David (Richard Gallagher), a version of the playwright, pays a reluctant visit to his childhood home, in Kentucky. His monster of a mother, Regina (a spectacular Deborah Hedwall), announces, through the fog of her dementia, that David’s true biological father was his (now dead) pediatrician, Dr. Woodman (a perfectly doctorly Brian Hastert), and not her long-suffering husband, Bill (touchingly performed by Jonathan Hogan).