Men on Boats
March 4, 2018, 3:00pm
Main Street Theater
2540 Times Blvd.
Tickets: $29.50

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 loyal but zealous volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Oh, and all the explorers are played by women.

This is a rendering of Major John Wesley Powell’s actual boat trip to map the Colorado River in 1869, but all the parts are played by women. This juxtaposition creates a thoughtful take on adventure, conquest, and bravery. As Shannon Emerick, MST’s marketing director and actress in the play says, “…it’s like the playwright, Jaclyn Backhaus, took history and has just tilted it slightly – it’s not camp, it’s not over-the-top drag – it’s pretty straightforward storytelling – it’s just what does this history, this story sound like when it comes out of the mouths of women?”

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