Men On Boats

Men on Boats

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men On Boats is the true(ish) history of John Wesley Powell’s 1869 expedition, when the one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Using convention made familiar in Broadway blockbuster Hamilton, this thrilling and comical new play helps modern audiences envision Powell’s historic trip using 19th-century customs but 21st–century language. And one more thing that helps us understand these men out of their comfort zone… all the men are portrayed by women, in a gently exaggerated style that both highlights and mocks the clichés of the hero adventurer archetype. Join us for a wild ride down the uncharted rivers! Written by Jaclyn Backhaus.

Rated PG13

A thrilling, gender-flipped slice of manifest destiny.” – TIME OUT NEW YORK

Off-the-canyon-walls funny. Paddle or portage your own boat to the theater–but get there!”


Sponsored by Lanier Center Ramada
Opening Night Reception catered by All Catered Events



7:30pm, Feb 15, 17, 19-23, 2019
2:30pm, Feb 16 & 23, 2019

Special Events

Free Stage Tour (a peek behind the scenes!)
Jan 31, 2019 at 6:00pm

Preview Performance: $10 tickets! (Preview tickets go on sale Jan 28, 2019)
Feb 14, 2019 at 7:30pm

Free Opening Night Reception: In the lobby following the performance with the cast and crew, catered by ACE Catering,  Feb 15, 2019

Talk Back with Cast & Crew: a lively (and free) Q&A session following the performance on Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019


UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood, GA 30566

BUY Tickets

Ticket Information

Tickets are $18/$20 for adults, $16-18 for seniors and $12/$14 for students*. You can click the link below to choose your own seats and print your own tickets – or call the Box Office at 678.717.3624. The Box Office can also make arrangements for ADA seating or, if you have a group of 12 or more, a group discount of 20% off — making a night of live theatre a great option for friends and family.

Children in the Theatre: We love children, we HAVE children… (and of course we have BEEN children). Still, we recognize that not all children love theatre – yet. Out of respect for other patrons’ theatre experiences, all patrons must be ticketed and over the age of 5. Parents should also be sure to check performance ratings in making decisions about bringing children to the theatre.

*UNG and BU faculty/staff/students must contact the Box Office for specially discounted tickets.

Create your own package!

Purchase tickets to this production AND to one other production at the same time and you’ll get an automatic 10% discount; 3 to 4 shows will receive a 15% discount, and 5 shows or more gets an automatic 20% off. Discounts will be shown (with your savings) in the payment screen.*UNG and BU faculty/staff/students must contact the Box Office for specially discounted tickets.

Artist Spotlight

Check back to learn about the talented team of designers collaborating on this show!

GTA Resident Director (UNG) Elisa Carlson (Director)

Guest Costume Designer Kai Delap

Guest Lighting Designer Evan Freeman

GTA Resident Designer (UNG) Larry Cook (Scenic Design)


Check back to see what patrons are saying about this comedy adventure!