Men on Boats
By Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Katie Keddell
June 1-18, 2017
Opening Thursday, June 1st at 8pm
Fridays - Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 4pm
Industry Night: Monday, June 12th at 8pm

The Fallout Shelter at United Evangelical Church
923 S. East Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224
Tickets $20, or $15 for Students and Seniors


Men on Boats presents the story of ten explorers who were sent on the United States government’s first official expedition into the American West to map the rapids of the Green and Colorado Rivers – what we now call the Grand Canyon. The play explores the 1869 journey into America’s rapids through John Wesley Powell’s journals and notes. While Powell’s journals inform the tale, the play – through gender and race fluid casting – offers reflection on the role of identity in shaping exploration narratives and historical memory. A touching and funny show, Men on Boats asks us to investigate what constitutes American identity, by placing the archetypal explorers on the bodies of those who don’t often get to voice history, and have often been short changed by it.

Caitlin Carbone – Seneca
Emily Classen – Sumner
Logan Davidson – Hawkins
Cori Dioquino – Dunn
Justin Lawson Isett – Old Shady
Jane Jongeward – Goodman
Bethany Mayo – Powell
Utkarsh Rajawat – O.G. 
Martha Robichaud – Bradley
Alice Stanley – Hall

Production Team:
Katie Keddell – Director
Kat Kaplan – Assistant Director
Sandra Welty - Stage Manager
Lana Riggins - Lighting Designer
Jess Rassp - Costume Designer
Brad Norris – Set Designer
Max Garner – Sound Designer
Kris Messer – Dramaturg


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Our Mission

Cohesion Theatre Company seeks to showcase the unity that underlies much of what we consider separate. Society creates distinctions: between classical and new plays, between artistic disciplines, between companies, and between people of different race, class, and gender. CTC will examine these distinctions through the lens of live theatre with the goal of reaching a deeper understanding of what makes us individuals and what makes us all human. Cohesion actively seeks out other theatrical professionals, both individuals and organizations, and encourages cross promotion, co-production, and collaboration in every facet of the work we do.