Men on Boats


Ten explorers. Four boats. The Grand Canyon.

Men on Boats is the mostly true story of John Wesley Powell’s expedition down the tumultuous Colorado River, navigating the Grand Canyon. Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus’ explores the concept of exploration and discovery through diverse casting of racially diverse actors who identify as female, trans, genderfluid, non-binary, and/or non-gender conforming in a story depicting mostly white male explorers. This play maps more than just the lay of the land, beckoning audiences to consider how  roles are cast throughout history and today. 

“[Men on Boats] is marvelously destabilizing both as history and theater. The stalwartness and selfishness of the adventurers—their cockiness and cluelessness—become biting satire when sent up by women."

—New York Magazine

By Jaclyn Backhaus | Directed by Mark Fossen

October 4–6 and 11–13 at 7:30 p.m.

Dumke Black Box Theatre

$12/Free for Westminster students, staff, and faculty

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