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Danaya Esperanza, Birgit Huppuch, Hannah Cabell, Elizabeth Kenny, Layla Khoshnoudi, Danielle Davenport, Jocelyn Bioh, Kelly McAndrew, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, and Kristen Sieh; photo by Elke Young

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Kristen Sieh, Kelly McAndrew, Donnetta Lavinia Grays; photo by Elke Young

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The company of Men On Boats; photo by Elke Young

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Birgit Huppuch, Hannah Cabell, Danaya Esperanza; photo by Elke Young

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The company of Men On Boats; photo by Elke Young

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Men On Boats

Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Written by Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Will Davis

Men On Boats was originally produced by Clubbed Thumb at the Wild Project in June 2015 as part of the theater’s annual Summerworks festival. Clubbed Thumb is the inaugural participant in Playwrights Horizons' Company Residency program; this return engagement is an outgrowth of this strong partnership between them.

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 insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. This thrilling and widely acclaimed new play by Jaclyn Backhaus returns this summer for a limited engagement at Playwrights Horizons.

Please note: Men On Boats is a special Redux Series production, presented in addition to our regular season. Season package holders receive an exclusive discount to this production, which is accessible by logging into your account.

Jocelyn Bioh
Hannah Cabell
Danielle Davenport
Danaya Esperanza
Donnetta Lavinia Grays
Birgit Huppuch
Elizabeth Kenny
Layla Khosh
Kelly McAndrew
Kristen Sieh

Scenic Design: Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume Design: Ásta Bennie Hostetter
Lighting Design: Solomon Weisbard
Sound Design: Jane Shaw
Production Stage Manager: Erin Gioia Albrecht


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In Process: Jaclyn Backhaus

Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus chats with us about the shortcomings of mainstream storytelling, and how plays like ‘Men On Boats’ can change that narrative.


On Collaborating

Adam Greenfield (Playwrights Associate Artistic Director) and Maria Striar (Clubbed Thumb Producing Artistic Director) discuss their mutual love for Jaclyn Backhaus, how they came to discover ‘Men On Boats,’ and the unique partnership between our theaters.