MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Rose Freeman
November 15 – 21 2019 (in Repertory, check for specific dates - Matinee 11/16 @ 2 pm)
Randall Theater 1301 W. Norris St. Philadelphia, PA
Four boats. One river. One big big canyon. MEN ON BOATS is a true(ish) history based on the journal of one-armed adventurer Maj. John Wesley Powell and his 1869 expedition to chart the course of the Colorado River. Backhaus’ script calls for a cast of racially diverse actors who are female-identifying, trans-identifying, genderfluid, and/or non-gender-conforming who bring modern vernacular to 19th century sensibilities, creating a deeply humorous and lacerating critique of the machismo mythology that surrounds adventurous feats in history.