Men On Boats

SEP 8 - OCT 7
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Written by Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Dawn M. Simmons
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Associate Producers
Susan & Tom Darnell
Joan & Paul Nunes
Erik & Ranesh Ramanathan
Clea & Neal Winneg

MEN ON BOATS is a rollicking adventure tale brought thrillingly to life by a gender-bending cast of diverse performers who use carefully exaggerated theatrics to tell the story of an actual 1869 expedition led by John Wesley Powell to chart the Colorado River. Comical but never camp, pointed but never political, this rousing historical saga is a provocative meditation on gender and historical memory that offers a new lens through which to view our shared past.

RUN TIME: Approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

  • Cast

    Lyndsay Allyn Cox … O.G. Howland/Tsauwiat
    Ally Dawson … Hawkins
    Veronika Duerr* … William Dunn
    Bridgette Hayes … John Colton Sumner
    Alice Kabia … Hall
    Mal Malme … Old Shady
    Cody Sloan … Frank Goodman/Mr. Asa
    Robin JaVonne Smith … John Wesley Powell
    Hayley Spivey … Bradley
    Ellie van Amerongen … Seneca Howland/Bishop

    Click here for full cast bios.

  • Production Team

    Scenic Design by Jenna McFarland Lord
    Costume Design by Rachel Padula-Shufelt
    Lighting Design by Daisy Long
    Sound Design by Elizabeth Cahill

    Samantha Layco*, Production Stage Manager
    Katie Humbert*, Assistant Stage Manager

  • Special Events

    Thursdays: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5 following 7:30 pm performances

    Share your thoughts and reactions in a special post-show forum hosted by a member of the SpeakEasy staff.

    Sundays: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1 following 3:00 pm performances

    Join us for a talkback with artists from the show.

    Friday 9/15 following 8:00 pm performance

    Join us for a party with the cast and crew. Free food and cash bar. All are welcome!


Men On Boats

Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus

Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus has been fascinated by John Wesley Powell’s 1869 expedition to chart the Colorado River ever since she was a young girl, but it wasn’t until 2015 that she claimed the narrative as her own.

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Men On Boats Photos

To download high resolution images, click the thumbnails below, then right-click and choose “Save Image As.” Please note relevant caption for each photo. All photos by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots.

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Who’s Who: Men On Boats Cast

Meet the cast of the “off-the-canyon-walls funny” gender-bending comedy by Jaclyn Backhaus.

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