“This is your moment! You rode those boats… You made history… This was your story.”
Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus is a playful, contemporary retelling of the first government sanctioned expedition to the Grand Canyon in 1869. By casting actors who identify differently from the majority of people on the actual expedition (bluntly: straight white men), the play resurfaces the voices of those silenced throughout history. The play follows the relationships of the expedition members led by John Wesley Powell as they are tested through epic scenes of river navigation as well as moments of interpersonal conflict on land just as severe as the rapids themselves. Through this play, the creative team asks: “How do we move forward through uncertainty? How do we grapple with our imperialist instinct towards adventure and to be the “first”? Who gets to write history, and can we reclaim it?”
We invite you, as Powell’s team did before, to look ahead: oars up, oars out.
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