Son of Semele presents MEN ON BOATS

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Sat Jul 20, 8:00pm
Sun Jul 21, 5:00pm
Tue Jul 23, 7:00pm
Fri Jul 26, 8:00pm
Sat Jul 27, 8:00pm
Sun Jul 28, 5:00pm

Award-winning theatre company
Son of Semele Ensemble
presents
Men On Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus

EXPLORERS CHART TWO NEW WORLDS
Who’s missing in our stories?

July 6 - 28, 2019

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LOS ANGELES (June 3, 2019) — Son of Semele Ensemble announces its upcoming production of Men On Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus, to be performed at the Son of Semele Theater from July 6 - 28, 2019. Ten intrepid pioneers plunge into uncharted waters in a dramatic tale that’s both heroic and comic.

Jaclyn Backhaus’ acclaimed play reenacts the legendary 1869 Powell Expedition to map the Colorado River– but with a twist. The rugged white men are all played by a diverse cast of female and non-binary actors. The ironic, often comic result explores both the West’s mighty river and the imagined new world as created by our legends. The result triggers the question, “Who and what has our ‘America’ left out?”

WHAT: Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus, produced by Son of Semele Ensemble

WHERE: Son of Semele Theater, 3301 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles 90004. There is limited street parking in the surrounding neighborhood. Patrons presenting a taxi, Lyft or Uber receipt receive a complimentary beverage.

WHEN: July 6 – 28, 2019; performances Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays @ 5pm and Tuesdays @ 7pm

TICKETS: $25 general admission, $20 for patrons 25 years old and under. Limited pay-what-you-can tickets are available for performances through July 14 (suggested $10 minimum donation). Tickets may be purchased online at sonofsemele.org; the Son of Semele Box office opens 30 minutes prior to each performance.

PRESS: Limited reserved parking is available, if requested in advance.

Jaclyn Backhaus, an Arizona native of German and Punjabi descent, teaches at NYU’s Tisch School (where she earned a BFA). She is also a resident playwright at the Lincoln Center. Backhaus’ other plays include INDIA PALE ALE (2018 Horton Foote Prize), YOU ON THE MOORS NOW, and the book and lyrics for the musical FOLK WANDERING.

Son of Semele Ensemble’s production of Men On Boats will be directed by company member Barbara Kallir and will feature performances by Melissa Coleman-Reed, Shelby Corley, Taylor Hawthorne, Liz Lanier, Cindy Lin, Tiana Randall-Quant, Thea Rodgers, Jinny Ryann, Ashley Steed and Elspeth Weingarten. The production team includes Carlo Maghirang (set), Allen Clark (lighting), David Marling (sound), Wyndell C. Carmichael (costumes), Caribay Franke (movement) and Ben Kutner (music). Dramaturgy is by Flor San Roman, and the production stage manager is Edward Khris Fernandez, assisted by Jimin Kang.

NOTE TO REVIEWERS: Son of Semele now makes available three on-site parking spaces which may be reserved in advance on a first-come-first-served basis by e-mailing publicity@sonofsemele.org.

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Reviews

"Men On Boats uniquely captures the thrill of adventure and the prospect of discovery, with the hope of being remembered. But the play’s larger theme speaks to inclusivity: Representation matters. It’s almost as if we’re on the threshold of something completely new and undiscovered, while keenly aware that many have been here before."

sweet-sour - Dana Martin - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"Not only there are no sets depicting nature, there are no men in the cast either as the ensemble are all women or those that are not of the male persuasion. This gender change enhances the drama that exists within this stage program. And the performers appearing are not necessarily causation either as the diversity levels are at its peak. The cast of ten players work well with one another that shows off the so-called “he-man” stance that is required to fulfill such an excursion. Skill, wits, and strength are key elements here, and these women (and equivalent) brings these characteristics to its fullest."

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


"Directed by Barbara Kallir, MEN ON BOATS is a journey that holds water, and those treading water manages to keep afloat, not matter what twist and turn of the raging river may present."

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


"Men On Boats uniquely captures the thrill of adventure and the prospect of discovery, with the hope of being remembered. But the play’s larger theme speaks to inclusivity: Representation matters. It’s almost as if we’re on the threshold of something completely new and undiscovered, while keenly aware that many have been here before."

sweet-sour - Dana Martin - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"Not only there are no sets depicting nature, there are no men in the cast either as the ensemble are all women or those that are not of the male persuasion. This gender change enhances the drama that exists within this stage program. And the performers appearing are not necessarily causation either as the diversity levels are at its peak. The cast of ten players work well with one another that shows off the so-called “he-man” stance that is required to fulfill such an excursion. Skill, wits, and strength are key elements here, and these women (and equivalent) brings these characteristics to its fullest."

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


"Directed by Barbara Kallir, MEN ON BOATS is a journey that holds water, and those treading water manages to keep afloat, not matter what twist and turn of the raging river may present."

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review