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October 17 - December 16, 2018

A thrilling, gender-flipped slice of Manifest Destiny

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Why See Men On Boats?


A Gender-Blurring, Convention-Spinning Comedy Adventure

An exciting new chapter for the American Conservatory Theatre begins in 2018 with the inaugural season of brand new artistic director Pam McKinnon. The Tony and Obie Award-winning theatre leader carries the torch from predecessor Carey Perloff with a trailblazing program of diverse American voices and works, including Jacyln Backhaus' critically acclaimed, gender-blurring comedy Men On Boats.

While the title may suggest a firmly male-dominated swashbuckle of an adventure, there is nary a Y chromosome in sight. Backhaus spins an epic 21st-century take on the classic 19th century explorer story, where one-armed Civil War vet John Wesley Powell leads a band of strapping men through the adrenaline-filled twists and turns of the as-yet-unexplored Wyoming wilderness. Yet these prime masculine specimens are played by a cast of female-identifying and gender-fluid actors, who add a subversive helping of subtext to the myth of the great American Man in this laugh-out-loud, captivating theatrical gem.

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Opening night: 17 October 2018

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