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Jaclyn Backhaus's Men on Boats Announces Cast

Tamilla Woodard will direct Arwen Anderson, Rosie Hallett, and more at American Conservatory Theater.

Jaclyn Backhaus's Men on Boats will soon be produced by the American Conservatory Theater.
(© Allison Stock)

American Conservatory Theater has announced full casting for Jaclyn Backhaus's Men on Boats, playing at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater October 17-December 16.

Under the direction of Tamilla Woodard, the cast will include Arwen Anderson, Rosie Hallett, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Libby King, Amy Lizardo, Ruibo Qian, Annemaria Rajala, Katherine Romans, Liz Sklar, and Lauren Spencer. The creative team will include Nina Ball (scenic designer), Christine Crook (costume designer), Robert Hand (lighting designer), and Kate Marvin (sound designer).

Men on Boats is described as follows: "Pack your gear for this 21st-century theatrical spin on 19th-century American explorer and one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell, who assembles a brawny and eclectic band of men — soldiers, trappers, and adventurers — to explore Wyoming's waterways. Inspired by Powell's actual travel log from 1869, Jaclyn Backhaus's nimble and ingenious script is provocative, laugh-out-loud theater, performed by a diverse cast of female-identifying actors who infuse America's historic myths of male conquest with a sly blast of subtext."