Men on Boats

  • Colorful image of boats on a river: "Men on Boats"

Men on Boats

Written by Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Juliette Carrillo
Melissa Tobar, scenic design
Denise Larsson, costume design
Jimmy Balistreri, lighting design
Aerik Harbert, sound design
Nicole Cortese, stage management


March 11 - 19, 2023

Claire Trevor Theatre
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Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men on Boats is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Cast with women and trans-identifying actors, this exciting contemporary play points out the ironies of “discovery” in our history. Can we heal our past by investigating it through the lens of our present?

Contains strong language and gunshots

Generous support for this production is provided by the Robert and Lorna Cohen Endowment for Excellence in Drama, Theatre Guild, and Claire Trevor Society.

Evenings: 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Matinees: March 12*, 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Evening: March 15 at 7:30 p.m.

* Please join us for a TalkBack with cast & crew, after the 2:00 p.m. matinee performance on Sun., March 12.

General admission: $19
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff: $16
Arts Packages: $15
UCI Students & Children under 17: $12

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Performance Program

Saturday Mar 11, 2023, 8:00 pm
Sunday Mar 12, 2023, 2:00 pm
Wednesday Mar 15, 2023, 7:30 pm
Thursday Mar 16, 2023, 8:00 pm
Friday Mar 17, 2023, 8:00 pm
Saturday Mar 18, 2023, 8:00 pm
Sunday Mar 19, 2023, 2:00 pm