The Tall Boy is a moving tale told by the American matron of an orphanage for "unaccompanied children" in occupied Germany following World War II. Examining the fragility and resilience of children in war, she tells the story of three boys: a 15-year-old Czech, a 14-year-old Pole, and a 12-year-old Italian. The boys have become mascots to the GIs and are desperate to get to America to be reunited with their US Army buddies, but only one boy has a soldier willing to adopt him.
Kay Boyle's short story, "The Lost," was originally published in a collection titled Smoking Mountain: Stories of Germany During the Occupation. Tandy acquired the rights and commissioned a stage adaptation from British playwright Simon Bent. The script has been presented in various venues across the United States including the 2014 United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City, where it sold out and won the Best Adaptation Award.