MEN ON BOATS Comes to Skidmore Theater's Black Box

Skidmore Theater is pleased to announce our Spring Black Box production, Men On Boats written by New York Times Critics' Pick playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and student directed by Skidmore Theater student, Nina Slowinski.

In Jaclyn Backhaus' irreverent and raucous Men On Boats, the cisgender white male explorers of U.S. Manifest Destiny are taken over (and taken apart!) by performers who embody ANYTHING OTHER than our country's most historically dominant group of people. In the setting of the American West where anything can happen, ten underrepresented individuals re-imagine our country's identity and erode the gender-binary canon to reveal a vast, majestic canyon of limitless possibility.

FROM THE DIRECTOR: "During the summer of 1869, 10 cisgender white men set out to chart the mystery of the American West. John Wesley Powell, the leader of the expedition, kept a thoroughly detailed journal over the course of the journey, describing the region as, "A desert to the agriculturist, a mine to the paleontologist, and a paradise to the artist." Our production of Jaclyn Backhaus', Men On Boats will honor the hindmost claim of this statement as we freely, and joyfully recalibrate our country's history from those who dominate the mainstream narrative, to the perspective of those who so often do not see themselves represented. I invite you to take this journey with us, and I invite you to allow the journey to affect the way you arrive at our final destination. Oh! And two important things to note: there are no cis-white men in this ensemble and there are no "boats."- Nina Slowinski '19

Tickets: $12 general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. Reserve tickets beginning at or by contacting the Box Office: or (518) 580-5439.

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