Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, Live Arts has made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining performances of MEN ON BOATS after Friday, March 13, 2020. 

More information about Live Arts’ response to COVID-19 can be found here. 


Silverchair presents

Men on Boars at Live ArtsMEN ON BOATS

  • by Jaclyn Backhaus
  • Directed by Jeremy Duncan Pape
  • March 6 – 28
  • Founders Theater

Sponsored by Barbara & Jay Kessler

✮✮✮✮ “A thrilling, gender-flipped slice of manifest destiny.” —Time Out New York

“Off-the-canyon-walls funny. . . Paddle or portage your own boat to the theater — but get there.” —Variety

This show is part of our multigenerational Mentor/Apprentice Program! Learn more here.

In 1869 ten explorers set off in four boats to explore and chart the rivers that ran through what would be known as the Grand Canyon. MEN ON BOATS is the true(ish) history of this expedition, when the one-armed Civil War captain John Wesley Powell led a crew of oddball volunteers and braved almost 1,000 miles of rapids, rocks, drops, and mile high canyon walls.

This contemporary retelling of this ripping yarn is replete with comedy, and shows us that people, places, and things aren’t always what they seem.

According to the playwright, the characters in MEN ON BOATS were historically cisgender white males, but the cast should be comprised entirely of people who are not. In short, the characters will be played by racially diverse, female-identifying, trans-identifying, gender-fluid, and/or non-gender-conforming actors.

Read up on the show with the MEN ON BOATS Study Guide! ONLINE PLAYBILL