Actors Theatre of Louisville, in association with Daddy Productions presents Won't you be my May-Bor?,
starring May O'Nays  — May 31-June 8

Louisville, KY — May 23, 2024 — Actors Theatre of Louisville, in collaboration with Drag Daddy Productions, is thrilled to announce the world premiere of Won't you be my May-bor? in the intimate Victor Jory Theater. Conceived by the creative minds of Andrew Newton Schaftlein and Eric Sharp, and featuring the extraordinary talents of drag performer May O'Nays, this production is set to deliver a mesmerizing experience for theatergoers young and old.

May O'Nays, renowned for her theatrical prowess and community involvement, brings her unique expertise to the stage as both a celebrated drag queen and an adept escape room master. However, she encounters a challenge unlike any other—a mysterious room that proves elusive to her skills.

Drawing from the timeless wisdom of Fred Rogers, this interactive adventure invites participants to cultivate patience, mindfulness, and attentive listening as they join May O'Nays in unraveling the enigmatic Mister Rogers room.

"Won't you be my May-bor? is a reminder of our strength when we come together," says Director Emily Tarquin. "It is beautifully crafted by writers Andrew Newton Schaftlein and Eric Sharp, dynamically performed by May O'Nays, and thoughtfully produced by Drag Daddy Productions. It is a gift to my soul to have the opportunitity to tell this story in these times, alongside this incredible team of people, inside of the world built by Fred Rogers. We must dream what is possible and work on building it together."

Experience the magic of Won't you be my May-bor? during its world premiere run from May 31 to June 8, 2024. As a special treat — the inaugural performance includes a special FREE sneak peek event ahead of the show, generously supported by the Fund for the Arts.

Join us for an evening filled with laughter, camaraderie, and a few surprised along the way. Won't you be my May-Bor? is not just a show; it's an invitation to discover the power of kindness in a world that could use a little more May-borly love.

Tickets for Won't you be my May-bor? are on sale now, starting at just $25 plus fees. Exclusive discounts are available for Members, and Memberships start at zero dollars, making this heartwarming experience accessible to all. For ticket purchases and more information, visit


Photo 1: Won't you be my May-Bor? Show Poster
Photo 2: Director Emily Tarquin, Dramaturg Katie Van Zile, and Playwright/Performer Andrew Newton Shaftlein aka May O'Nays.
Photo 3: Birds Eye View of the Won't you be my May-bor? Set Model

This production of Won't you be my May-bor? features the exemplary work of performers May O'Nays, Isaiah Archie, Karol Kramer, William Nickles, and Katie Peña-Van Zile.

The creative team for Won't you be my May-bor? includes direction by Emily Tarquin, dramaturgy by Katie Peña-Van Zile, scenic design by Katelin Ashcraft and Alexia Hall, costume design by Anna Jenny and Andrew Newton Schaftlein, lighting design by Dani Clifford, sound design by Paul Doyle, video design by Tony Lewis, and media design by Philip Allegier. For the full list of credits and biographies, please click here.

About Drag Daddy Productions:

Drag Daddy Productions is an LGBTQIA+ owned and oeprated 501(c)3 nonprofit theater company based in Louisville, KY. Founded by Executive Director and Producer Tony Lewis, Drag Daddy Productions is dedicated to providing performance space and opportunities for LGBTQIA+ performers, promoting diverse voices, and fostering a supporting environment for all.

About Actors Theatre of Louisville::

Actors Theatre of Louisville, located in the heart of downtown Louisville, is one of America's most consistently innovative nonprofit professional theatre companies. Founded in 1964, Actors Theatre serves to unlock human potential, build community, and enrich quality of life by engaging in theatre that reflects the wonder and complexity of our time.


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