- By Jaclyn Backhaus
- Directed by Jenny Koons
“ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS! A DEATH-DEFYING JOY RIDE.” —MD Theatre Guide
A ROLLICKING COMEDY
This rollicking comedy is history as you’ve never seen it before — without a single man in sight. Join a team of explorers as they tell the true(ish) story of the “discovery” of the Grand Canyon and upend everything...including their boats.
RUN TIME: Approximately 105 minutes with no intermission.
WARNING: This performance includes the use of recorded gunshots.
CONTENT ADVISORY: Baltimore Center Stage recognizes each family's need to make informed decisions about what show is appropriate for their young people. We do not presume that every show is well-suited for every young person, and it is in that spirit we share the following content considerations. This play contains profanity, and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Join us for the 7:30 pm opening night performance and celebrate afterwards in the lobby with members of the cast, artistic team, and Baltimore Center Stage staff and board.
Join us for an adventurers' favorite drink: whiskey!
BCS hosts a special cocktail hour and whiskey tasting from 6-7pm on December 11th and 18th. Space is limited. In partnership with Republic Restoratives, a local women-owned distillery, and Baltimore-based master mixologist Barri Yanowitz. The tasting & that evening’s performance is just $60. Promo code WHISKEY
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Join 2019 Baker Award Winning artist Meshelle, known as the Indie Mom of Comedy, and local artist Tara Cariaso, Physical Theater Practitioner and Mask-Maker, to discuss ways in which comedy can be used a tool for social commentary, criticism, and movement. What is it about laughter and joy-making that opens up space for dialogue? How does comedy offer a mirror on which to reflect society's problems and move us toward growth? And what, if any, are the dangers and benefits of bringing critical issues into realms of absurdity?
Families enjoy a family day to remember, including a meal and a discussion with Baltimore Center Stage actors before the 2pm matinee show. Learn more.
The Mystery of History
In Men on Boats, playwright Jaclyn Backhaus dives into the archive of United States' history to reimagine John Wesley Powell's real-life journey for the stage, asking: Who gets to write the archive? Who gets to tell these stories? Who gets to decide how we remember history? Join us for a conversation with curator Jamie Grace Alexander, archivist Jessica Douglas, and artist Ashley Minner as we interrogate the limits of the archive, challenge how we think about our history, and explore how we can reclaim our narratives.
Volunteer audio describers provide an objective description of the non-verbal action on stage during the 2pm matinee. Touch Tours are tactile tours that let patrons touch costume pieces, sets, and/or props used in the show as well as conversation with our Production or Artistic Departments before the 2pm matinee. Touch Tours run from 12–1pm and patrons are welcome to join at any time in that window.
Indigenize or Bust
After the show tonight, we invite you to hear voices from Baltimore's Indigenous community. Men on Boats engages the subjective histories of what we now call the "United States" using hilarity as a lens to offer criticism and enlightenment. Indigenous communities have always and continue to resist erasure from the collective memory of this country, so tonight we join in this resistance by offering the stage to members of Native American Lifelines of Baltimore.
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In the News
- WYPR—Rousuck's Review: "Men On Boats" at Center Stage
- The Baltimore Sun—In real life they were white men. This Baltimore play uses women, people of color
- DC Metro Theater Arts—‘Men on Boats’ rewrites the rules at Baltimore Center Stage
- DC Theatre Scene—Review: Men on Boats at Baltimore Center Stage
- MD Theatre Guide—Theatre Review: ‘Men on Boats’ at Center Stage