Men on Boats 11/09–11/18
This show ended 11/18/2018
EAST LANSING—MSU’s Studio 60 Theatre offers Jaclyn Backhaus’ Men on Boats from November 9 through 18. Tickets are available from the Wharton Center Box Office by calling 1.800.WHARTON, or online at whartoncenter.com.
There will be a director pre-show discussion on Sunday, November 11 at 1:15pm, and a post-show discussion on Tuesday, November 13 following the performance, which will feature panelists Briona S. Jones, Doctoral Student and University Fellow, Department of English and Dr. Mindy Morgan, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Affiliated Faculty, American Indian and Indigenous Studies.
In May 1869, ten skilled yet misfit adventurers set off to chart the Green and Colorado Rivers on the first official government-sponsored expedition of the Grand Canyon. Men on Boats (re)imagines the exploits of Major John Wesley Powell and his crew, offering a very contemporary perspective on the history of male conquest and westward expansion. Taking her inspiration from Powell’s actual journals, playwright Jaclyn Backhaus throws gender, historical and theatrical expectations overboard. Performed with a wink by a racially and gender diverse cast, the play takes audiences on a raucous ride down the rapids to remind us that how we represent the past impacts how we will be inspired to make history in the future.