Men on BoatsReturnPlaywright Jaclyn Backhaus Producer American Conservatory Theater [Website] Description Spinning historical, theatrical, and gender conventions on their heads, this subversive tale of 10 men, four boats, and two rivers contains none of the above.
Pack your gear for this 21st-century telling of 19th-century American explorer and one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell, who assembles a brawny band of soldiers, trappers, and adventurers to explore the waterways of the American West. Inspired by Powell’s actual travel log from 1869, Jaclyn Backhaus’s nimble and ingenious script is provocative, laugh-out-loud theater, performed by a diverse cast of women who infuse America’s historic myths of male conquest with a sly blast of subtext.
With the speed and force of Powell’s white-water rapids, Backhaus conjures her epic story—in which simple materials are transformed into perilous canyons and death-defying cliffs—out of sheer imagination, shaping an innovative and innately theatrical play, that became an off-Broadway sensation. Running Time 1:25 Performers Arwen Anderson [Goodman, Mr. Asa]
Rosie (Roselyn) Hallett [Hall, U/S Dunn]
Lisa Hori-Garcia [Seneca Howland, The Bishop]
Libby King [Sumner]
Amy Lizardo [Hawkins]
Sarita Ocon [Dunn]
Annemaria Rajala [Old Shady]
Katherine Romans [Bradley]
Liz Sklar [Powell]
Lauren Spencer [O.G. Howland, Tsauwiat, U/S Powell] Creative Staff Tamilla Woodard [Director]
Nina Ball [Scenic Designer]
Christine Crook [Costume Designer]
Robert Hand [Lighting Designer]
Kate Marvin [Sound Designer]
Danyon Davis [Movement & Staging]
ACT's Strand Theater
1127 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 Box Office: (415) 439-2388
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