Jaclyn Backhaus is a playwright, cofounder of Fresh Ground Pepper, and new member of The Kilroys. Her plays include Men On Boats (New York Times Critics’ Pick, Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, published by Dramatists Play Service), India Pale Ale (Manhattan Theatre Club, recipient of the 2018 Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play), You Across From Me (co-written with three other writers for the Humana Festival), Folk Wandering (book writer and co-lyricist with 11 composers, Pipeline Theatre Company), and You On the Moors Now (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble), among others. She was the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Clubbed Thumb and she is currently in residence at Lincoln Center. Backhaus holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch, where she now teaches. She hails from Phoenix, Arizona, and currently resides in Ridgewood, Queens with her husband, director Andrew Scoville and their son Ernie.
(Updated Mar 2019)
✮✮✮✮ A thrilling, gender-flipped slice of manifest destiny.—David Cote, Time Out New York |Read Full Article
OFF-THE-CANYON-WALLS FUNNY. Paddle or portage your own boat to the theater—but get there!—Marilyn Stasio, Variety |Read Full Article
You will surely want to spend time with the hearty title characters of ‘Men On Boats.’ A rollicking history pageant, Backhaus’s lively script is brought to infectiously vivid life under Will Davis’s highly ingenious direction.—Ben Brantley, The New York Times |Read Full Article