Men on Boats  Cast:

John Wesley Powell- Alison Hyde Pascale

William Dunn- Olivia Morgan

John Colton Sumner- Reagan Venturi

Old Shady- Crys Clemente

Bradley- Taylor Molt

O.G. Howland- Noelle Diane Johnson

Seneca Howland- Abigail Little

Frank Goodman- Teya Juarez

Hall- Sara Buscaglia

Hawkins- Genevieve Windbiel


Men on Boats  Creative Team: 

Scenic Designer – Stefanie Hansen

Costume Designer – Janus Stefanowicz 

Lighting Designer – Lily Fossner

Sound and Projection Designer - Damien Figueras

Dramaturg – Hannah Deprey-Severance

Stage Manager – Joshua Peters



September 22nd - October 2nd, 2022

Wildcard Wednesday (VU Community Only): Sept. 21

Opening Night: Sept. 22 | Speaker's Series: Sept. 25

All shows at 8pm except Sunday 2pm

Written by Jaclyn Backhaus

Directed by Kristy Dodson

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. This is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a motley crew of loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Inspired by actual travel logs, Backhaus’s nimble and ingenious script is provocative, laugh-out-loud theatre, performed by a diverse cast of non-male actors who infuse America’s historic myths of male conquest with a sly blast of satire.


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