Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Department of TheatreCollege of Liberal Arts

Men on Boats

by Jaclyn Backhaus
directed by William W. Lewis

April 14, 2022 at 7:30 pm – Preview Performance, In-person only at Pao Hall
April 15, 2022 at 7:30 pm – Opening Night: In-person and Livestream
April 16, 21, 22, and 23, 2022  at 7:30 pm – In-person and Digital Recording
April 17 and 24, 2022 at 2:30 pm – In-person and Digital Recording


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 fallible yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. By casting the historical characters (who were all men) with women and non-binary actors, Backhaus playfully destabilizes cultural assumptions and norms, using the theatre to explore new methods of storytelling and open more expansive territories for all, on stage and off.


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Produced in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre




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