February 8-24, 2019. 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

EVENTS during Men on Boats

February 8-10, 15-17, 22-24

Friday, February 8th 7:30 pm show “Meet the Cast” after show reception

Saturday, February 9th 7:30 pm show 6:30 pm Pre-show discussion with the Director "Men on Boats, Navigating the Rapids of Cis-Gender White Patriarchy”

Sunday, February 10th 3:30 pm show All seats $15

Saturday, February 16th 7:30 pm show, 6:30 pm Pre-show discussion: Clothes make the (Wo)Man: Gendered clothing and culture in America" by Professor Emerita Jo Paoletti, renowned author of Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America and Sex and Unisex: Fashion, Feminism, and the Sexual Revolution

Sunday, February 17th 3:30 pm show FREE childcare provided by SeedArtShare. Child must be potty trained. Registration in advance required. Email thejusticetheaterproject@gmail.com

Saturday, February 23, 7:30 pm show, 6:30 pm Pre-show discussion "Squeaking Ophelias to Men on Boats: A brief history of cross-gender casting in Western theatre"

Sunday, February 24, 3:30 pm show Audio description for the visually impaired provided. Users and their drivers admitted for free. Reservations required. 

Meet the CAST!

Faye Goodwin -- Powell
Mara Thomas -- Dunn
Tori Grace Nichols-- Sumner
Jessica Flemming -- Old Shady
Marleigh Purgar – Bradley/(Sophie James, understudy)

Johanna Burwell -- OG Howland/Tsauwiat
Ariel Smith-- Seneca/The Bishop
Sarah Koop -- Goodman/Mr. Asa
Candace Hescock -- Hall
Page Purgar -- Hawkins