Men on Boats
Written by Jaclyn Backhaus
Lighting Design by Bryce Bartl-Geller
Set Design by Benji Devine
Costume Design by Caitlin Cooke
Cornish College of the Arts
Men on Boats is an anachronistic retelling of the 1869 Powell expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Jaclyn Backhaus celebrated play interrogates the myth of manifest destiny westward-ho colonial adventuring. The playwright notes that "The characters in Men on Boats were historically cisgender white males. The cast should be made up entirely of people who are not."
Photos by Michelle Lewis Smith