Photos by Mae Koo


by Jaclyn Backhaus
directed by Deena Selenow

choreography by Diana Wyenn

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. MEN ON BOATS is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, during which a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. These historical explorers, upon whom the characters are based, were all cisgender white males. In this action-packed and heartfelt comedy, these cis-male characters are performed by a diverse cast of female-identifying and gender-nonbinary actors. Seeing individuals whose voices and bodies have historically been excluded from the “founding narrative” of America perform the journey of what is known as The Powell Geographical Expedition of 1869 challenges us to look at history through a new lens.


Deena Selenow, director 

Diana Wyenn, choreographer

Adam Roy, lighting design
Jenny Foldenauer, costume design
Zoe Speer, scenic design
John Zalewski, sound design 

Mitchell Carswell, stage manager


November 7-10, 2019

at Occidental College, CA