Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.
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.
“…off-the-canyon-walls funny…” —Variety. “…you will surely want to spend time with the hearty title characters of MEN ON BOATS…[a] rollicking history pageant…MEN ON BOATS makes canny use of the obvious distance between performers and their roles to help bridge the distance between then and now.” —NY Times.
Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus is based in Brooklyn and serves as co-founder of the arts development group Fresh Ground Pepper. She is also a member of Clubbed Thumb’s Falcons, where she developed Men on Boats which premiered in Clubbed Thumb’s 2015 Summerworks Festival and SuperLab in conjunction with Playwrights Horizons. Ms. Backhaus is also the resident playwright for Theater Reconstruction Ensemble.
Children under the age of 5 are not allowed in the theater.
Men on Boats
Videography by RicOrnel Productions
Part of the Art Events for Men on Boats
Monday, January 15 at 7:00pm: Free first read-through of Men on Boats. Attend the very first rehearsal of the production, and hear the artists explore the script together for the first time. There is no charge to attend. Just arrive at our theater in Rice Village about 6:55pm on Monday evening. We'll watch/hear the first part, take a break and have a glass of wine with the actors, reconvene for the second half, and then leave the actors to continue their rehearsal without us. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday morning, January 15.
Saturday, February 10 at 6:45pm: Opening Night Pre-Show Discussion with the director and designers. Get an inside look at the production and the process that has led up to Opening Night. Free and open to all. No need to RSVP.
After-parties following all Saturday night performances: Enjoy a free drink with the cast after the show! Included in ticket price.
Sunday, February 11 following the matinee: Join us for our "Hazards in Exploration without GPS" Post-Show Discussion with David Temple, Associate Curator at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Sunday, March 4 following the matinee: Join us for our Female Voices in Writing Post-Show Discussion with Texas Novelist Karleen Koen, Houston playwright Elizabeth Keel, and Main Street Theater Founder and Executive Artistic Director Rebecca Greene Udden.