Explore more about the inspiration, ideas, and creative process for Men on Boats with these exclusive articles and audio conversations. For even more, order a print or digital version of our in-depth production guide, Words on Plays.

Embark on the Colorado River with the Cast and Crew of Men on Boats

Everyone's aboard! Here's an inside look at the first rehearsal for Men on Boats

by Annie Sears
Oct 9, 2018

Small Stage, Grand Canyon: How Did Scenic Designer Nina Ball Do It?

Men on Boats is a play in all senses of the word: it plays with traditional gender roles, actors play characters, & audiences play along. For Scenic Designer Nina Ball, it started by playing with paper.

by Annie Sears
Oct 26, 2018

Dare to Rock the Boat

Our Education & Community Programs dared to rock the boat. They put on a free, networking event celebrating cis-women, trans–women and men, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary theater-makers. Hear more from Hannah Clague, our Education & Community Programs Fellow.

by Hannah Clague
Oct 30, 2018

Reimagining Ourselves: A.C.T.’s Director of Dramaturgy and New Works Talks Men on Boats

Men on Boats is a boatload of fun, blasting through stereotypes and revealing the adventurer in all of us. Hear from Dramaturg Joy Meads on the ingenuity of Jaclyn Backhaus's script.

by Joy Meads
Nov 2, 2018

Invention and Discovery: An Interview with Director Tamilla Woodard

For Men on Boats Director Tamilla Woodard, the audience’s experience is her benchmark. “When theater is successful,” she says, “we laugh, we cry, we forget where we’ve been. That’s what I’m after.” Hear more from Tamilla!

by Simon Hodgson
Nov 9, 2018

Podcast: Men on Boats Prologue Discussion

Before the performance of Men on Boats on Oct 30, 2018, A.C.T.'s Director of Dramaturgy and New Works, Joy Meads, spoke to a live audience with Movement Coach Danyon Davis. Danyon takes us through his process as a movement coach, and what it means to tell a story through physical movement.

What You Won't See Onstage: A Conversation with Props Designer Jacquelyn Scott

Some props are physically present onstage, and some are mimed. How can removing something add to the storytelling? Props Designer Jacquelyn Scott has harnessed its playfulness.

by Annie Sears
Nov 16, 2018

Crew, Ensemble, Family: Actor Sarita Ocón Shares Her Men on Boats Experience

"This is one of those rare storytelling opportunities where we get to be courageous and unapologetic risk-takers." Read more from actor Sarita Ocón on her Men on Boats experience.

by Annie Sears
Nov 30, 2018

We Broke Many Oars and Most of the Ten Commandments: The Famous 1869 Expedition Staged in Men on Boats

Learn more about the crew's route down the Colorado River through this excerpt from Words on Plays.

by Elspeth Sweatman
Dec 11, 2018

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