Men on Boats

Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Latrelle Bright
The Station Theatre – Urbana, IL
October 4 – October 20

Ten Explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. MEN ON BOATS is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River.

There is a feminist spin in that the 10 male volunteers are played by ethnically diverse women, female-identifying, trans-identifying, gender fluid, and/or non-gender fluid conforming folk and makes commentary of women’s absence in history and the white man’s claiming of land from indigenous people’s.

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Stage Manager – Ali Cornell
Assistant Director – Madeline Whitesell
Set Design – Nick Shaw
Prop Design – TBA
Light & Sound Design – Brian Hagy
Costume Design – Thom Schnarre


John Wesley Powell- Dominique Allen
William Dunn- Martha Mills
John Colton Sumner- Krystal Moya
Old Shady-Misty Martin
Bradley- Courtney Malcolm
O.G. Howland/Tsauwiat- Kahlilah Lane
Seneca Howland/The Bishop- Janhavi Kolhe
Frank Goodman/Mr. Asa- Jenny Gleason
Hall- Sarina Donohue
Hawkins- Monica Hoh