Old fashioned, map with drawing of a boat. White text: Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus

Men On Boats

Written by Jaclyn Backhaus

May 10 - June 2, 2024

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 2pm

Monday, May 20 at 7:30pm - Pay What You Can

Post-show audience discussion - Sunday, May 26

A rollicking adventure that challenges traditional gender and cultural assumptions. With a gender-bent cast portraying the male explorers of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 expedition down the Colorado River, the play offers a fresh perspective on the American West and the nature of adventure itself. With humor, heart, and a thrilling narrative, “Men on Boats” uses unconventional storytelling to create a thrilling theatrical experience.

Run time:
  100 minutes with no intermission
Content Warning:  Strong Language
Audio Described performance:  Sunday, May 26, 2pm



John Wesley Powell – Marguerite Arbogast
William Dunn – Antonia Gbai
John Colton Sumner – Amanda Espinoza
Old Shady – Noe Tallen
Bradley – Tic Treitler
O.G. Howland/Just Jim – LaReina LaPlante
Seneca Howland/Johnson – Krystle Igbo
Frank Goodman/Mr. Asa – Lois Estell
Hall – Courtney Matula
Hawkins – Erika Soukup

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Director – Sophie Peyton
Movement Director – Kelly Nelson
Associate Director – Kassy Skoretz
Assistant Director – Bria Weisz
Stage Manager – Jessi Kadolph
Set Designer – MJ Leffler
Lighting Designer – Bill Larsen
Costume Designer – Claire Looker
Prop Designer – Vicky Erickson
Sound Designer – Christy Johnson
Assistant Stage Manager – Max Taggart
Light Board Operators – Emma Collins/Mary Chattenden
Sound Board Operator – Dominic Detweiler/Rose Oliver

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Post-Show Audience Discussion

Sunday, May 26: join the cast and director for a post-show discussion immediately following the performance.


Promo Video

Two female-presenting actors, dressed in early 19th century costumes, one white, one black. reclining on a set that looks like a canyon wall.
Photo by Tom Taintor
Several actors in men's clothing from the early 19th century, putting their hands on a young, nonbinary actor.
Photo by Tom Taintor
Photo by Tom Taintor
Photo by Tom Taintor