Men on Boats


The cast, the director and the design team... delightfully recreate the rhythms, rush and terror of life on the water.

And while the stage they inhabit is as small as most studio apartments, they are improbably able to make us believe they are indeed roaming wide-open spaces where it’s all too easy for a man, of any persuasion, to get lost forever.
— Ben Brantley, NEW YORK TIMES

Playwrights Horizons 2016
Clubbed Thumb Summerworks 2015
World Premiere

written by Jaclyn Backhaus
directed by Will Davis
set by Arnulfo Maldonado
costumes by Ásta Bennie Hostetter
lights by Solomon Weisbard
sound by Jane Shaw
production stage managers: Erin Gioia Albrecht / Sunny Stapleton

That’s why what [Lin Manuel] Miranda and Backhaus have done is revolutionary. By casting a Latino man as George Washington or a woman as John Powell, these artists aren’t just giving much-needed work to some talented performers. They are also reaching out to today’s audiences, today’s New Yorkers, who are not all white or all male.
— Deip Tran, TDF Stages

with Jess Barbagallo, Jocelyn Bioh, Becca Blackwell, Hannah Cabell, Danielle Davenport, Danaya Esperanza, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Birgit Huppuch, Layla Khoshnoudi, Elizabeth Kenny, Kelly McAndrew, and Kristen Sieh