Purdue’s Men On Boats An Eye Opening Masterpiece

Photos shot for Purdue Theatre by Melodie Yvonne

WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA (Dress Rehearsal – April 13, 2022) – Purdue Theatre’s production of Jaclyn Backhaus’s Men On Boats directed by William W. Lewis is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition with a glorious cast of women and non-binary actors depicting the historically male characters to playfully destabilize cultural assumptions and norms on the grand stage at the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in West Lafayette, Indiana. The show will open April 14 at the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts, and follow with multiple digital & In-person performances through April 24, 2022. The following excerpt is courtesy of Purdue Theatre’s official website:

“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 fallible yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. By casting the historical characters (who were all men) with women and non-binary actors, Backhaus playfully destabilizes cultural assumptions and norms, using the theatre to explore new methods of storytelling and open more expansive territories for all, on stage and off.”


April 14, 2022 at 7:30 pm – Preview Performance, In-person only at Pao Hall
April 15, 2022 at 7:30 pm – Opening Night: In-person and Livestream
April 16, 21, 22, and 23, 2022 at 7:30 pm – In-person and Digital Recording
April 17, 2022 at 2:30 pm – In-person and Digital Recording
April 24, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. – Digital Recording only

Visitors can purchase tickets online at purdue.edu/theatre/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at all campus box offices or by calling (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW.

Check out the photo highlight gallery from the phenomenal show below