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Men on Boats Opens at Playwrights Horizons

The new play is written by Jaclyn Backhaus and directed by Will Davis.

Layla Khoshnoudi, Hannah Campbell, Elizabeth Kinney, Birgit Huppuch, Kelly McAndrew, Donetta Lavinia Grays, Jocelyn Bioh, Kristen Sieh, Danielle Davenport, and Danaya Esperanza star in Men on Boats at Playwrights Horizons.
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The Clubbed Thumb and Playwrights Horizons production of Jaclyn Backhaus' Men on Boats celebrated its opening on August 1. Performances run at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater through August 14.

Jaclyn Backhaus is the author of Men on Boats.
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Directed by American Theater Company artistic director Will Davis, Men on Boats is described as "the joyfully anachronistic retelling of the 1869 Powell expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River."

Men on Boats is directed by Will Davis.
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Reprising their roles from the 2015 premiere at Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks are Hannah Cabell (The Father) as OG, Danielle Davenport (An Octoroon) as Hall, Danaya Esperanza (Our Lady of Kibeho) as Seneca, Donnetta Lavinia Grays (O, Earth) as Sumner, Birgit Huppuch (Judy) as Goodman, Layla Khoshnoudi (The Offending Gesture) as Bradley, Kelly McAndrew (Perfect Arrangement) as Powell, and Kristen Sieh (RoosevElvis) as Dunn. New to the company are Jocelyn Bioh (An Octoroon) as Hawkins and Elizabeth Kenny (Sick) as Old Shady.

Playwrights Horizons Artistic Director Tim Sanford, director Will Davis, Clubbed Thumb Producing Artistic Director Maria Striar, and playwright Jaclyn Backhaus join their cast for a photo.
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The production features scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, costume design by Ásta Bennie Hostetter, lighting design by Solomon Weisbard, and sound design by Jane Shaw.

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