Men on Boats

February 25 to March 5

Ten explorers. Four boats. One marvel of nature. In this comic retelling of a true story, a cast of 10 female and nonbinary performers portray the first white men to lay eyes on the Grand Canyon. This clever play blends uproarious comedy and biting satire into a satisfying whole.

Dates and times

Ticket prices

  • Adults: $30 / $25
  • Students: $20

Recommended audience

Includes some adult language; recommended for ages 13 and up.


Wheelchair-accessible seating is available on the orchestra level. For people who require hearing assistance, we have both assistive headsets and a hearing loop system.

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Creative team

Director: Jen Letherer
Movement Coordinator: Chloe Whiting Stevenson
Stage Manager: Aaron Treadway


John Wesley Powell: Erin Couch
Dunn: Emily Gifford
Sumner: Kyler Mattoon
Old Shady: Jessica Dougherty
Hawkins: Megan Clark
Bradley: Kaitlin Park
Hall: Taylor Goodin
O.G./Just Jim: Molly Humphries
Seneca/Johnson: Ava Hanley
Goodman/Mr. Asa: Michelle Blumenau

Men on Boats is marvelously destabilizing both as history and theater. The stalwartness and selfishness of the adventurers — their cockiness and cluelessness — become biting satire when sent up by women.

New York Magazine

Having women and non-binary actors in these parts adds odd humor, jeering satire and womanly generosity to what could have been a straightforward, male-centric recounting of manifest destiny in the American West.

DC Theatre Scene