The Young Ladies Of

In 1968, 2nd Lt. Robert Mac Bowyer (Taylor’s father), while stationed in Vietnam, placed an ad asking “young ladies” to write him. Thousands replied. Thirty years after his death, Taylor uses the letters and his own text and songs to create a conversation intermingling patriarchy, war, romance, and fatherhood. By juxtaposing his Texan father’s army life in 1960’s Vietnam with his own life as a New York City drag/pastiche artist, the work bridges the gap between masculinity and femininity, fathers and sons, and red and blue states.
Written & performed by Taylor Mac
Directed by Tracy Trevett
Scenic Design by David Evans Morris
Lighting by Juliet Chia
Premiered at HERE Arts Center, New York.  Subsequent productions at Chicago’s About Face Theater; Chapel Hill’s Playmaker’s Repertory; Manchester, England’s Library Theatre, The Norwhich/Norfolk Festival; and a tour Sweden including Stockholm’s Sodra Teatern.
Developed at the Battersea Arts Center, London; Performance Space 122 and Dixon Place, New York. Supported in part by the Peter S. Reed Foundation.