February 8-24, 2019. Main Stage Production. MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus. Directed by Jules Odendahl-James.
Who tells your story?
Based on the book The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons by John Wesley Powell, a one-armed Major, adventurer and explorer.
Powell and his 1869 expedition wind their way through perilous waters in four boats, creating the first officially sanctioned map of the region. The humor of the show lies in the modern portrayal of the fallible pioneers with all their natural bravery and fearlessness, portrayed by a brave and diverse cast of gender explorers.
History is always “Under Construction”
Set against a natural history museum display under construction, performed by the women working "behind the scenes" (so to speak) to tell their own version of the Powell story. Audiences should expect a blend of old and new, of realistic and fantastical, of fixed and mobile elements. The journey on the boats will be captured via a very structured choreography, using the characters' verbal strategies of mapping an ever changing waterscape and working as a team to save supplies, boats, and themselves.
The Justice Theater Project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, and in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations by the Raleigh Arts Commission, and by The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.
Art Inspiring Change since 2004
The Justice Theater Project produces professional shows paired with discussions, outreach events, free admission for the visually impaired, free babysitting for select shows, and free admission for partner organizations such as TROSA and Passage Home.
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