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Men on Boats


“Rollicking . . . exuberantly directed!”
Mercury News

 

“Off-the-canyon-walls funny!”
Chicago Tribune


“Sheer delight!”
Theatre Dogs


“Subversively yet joyfully upends our manifest destiny narratives”
San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

To reserve tickets for
groups of 15 or more,
email groups@act-sf.org
or call 415.439.2424.

Men on Boats

by Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
 

October 17–December 16, 2018
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater
1127 Market Street, San Francisco


Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission


Spinning historical, theatrical, and gender conventions on their heads, this subversive tale of 10 men, four boats, and two rivers contains none of the above.

Pack your gear for this 21st-century telling of 19th-century American explorer and one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell, who assembles a brawny band of soldiers, trappers, and adventurers to explore the waterways of the American West. 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 cast of women who infuse America’s historic myths of male conquest with a sly blast of subtext.

With the speed and force of Powell’s white-water rapids, Backhaus conjures her epic story—in which simple materials are transformed into perilous canyons and death-defying cliffs—out of sheer imagination, shaping an innovative and innately theatrical play, that became an off-Broadway sensation.

Please note: This production contains gunshots and strong language.




 

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The Geary and Strand theaters have accessible seating on all levels. Accessible seating may be purchased online or by calling our Box Office at 415.749.2228.



Visit an A.C.T. Box Office

 

The Geary Theater

405 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA

 

Geary Theater walk-up hours
Mon–Fri  10 a.m.–6 p.m. or curtain*
Sat
Sun 10 a.m.–4 p.m. or curtain*

 

The Strand Theater

1127 Market Street
San Francisco, CA

 

Strand Theater walk-up hours
Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–4 p.m. & 6 p.m.–curtain*
Sat/Sun  CLOSED or 90 minutes before curtain*
Please Note: The Strand Box Office will be closed Dec 24–28

Call the Box Office

415.749.2228

 

Phone hours
Mon–Fri 10–6 p.m. or curtain*
Sat-Sun 10am-4pm or curtain*


 

Email
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*Please check performance schedule for curtain times

 

For all performances, no children under five years old permitted. Please note that the Box Office will be closed in observance of the following national holidays: New Year's Day; Thanksgiving; Christmas.