Men on Boats

Directed by Shannon Sindelar
March 22 - April 7 | Lusher Lions Gate Theatre

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 insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. On the way they must battle the elements, and all too often, one another. This at turns hilarious, at turns poignant play is an insightful commentary of American history turned on its head, as the entire cast and creative team of “men” are all played by women. Originally premiering in NYC at Playwright’s Horizons in 2015, this marks the first ever production of the play in the American South. The play received thrilling reviews, with Variety calling the play “OFF-THE-CANYON-WALLS FUNNY. Paddle or portage your own boat to the theater-but get there!” Time Out New York says “✮✮✮✮ – A thrilling, gender-flipped slice of manifest destiny.”



Thursday, March 22 at 8pm

Friday, March 23 at 8pm

Saturday, March 24 at 8pm

Sunday, March 25 at 3pm

Thursday, March 29 at 8pm

Friday, March 30 at 8pm

Saturday, March 31 at 8pm

Sunday, April 1 at 3pm

Wednesday, April 4 at 8pm

Thursday, April 5 at 8pm

Friday, April 6 at 8pm

Saturday, April 7 at 8pm



This production is supported by a generous grant from The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and the New Orleans Arts Council/City of New Orleans.

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  • Powell: Claire Gresham*
  • Sumner: Monica R. Harris
  • O.G.: Leslie Claverie*
  • Hall: Lillian J. Small
  • Seneca: Allena Flemming
  • Bradley: Keyara Milliner
  • Goodman: Kali Russell*
  • Hawkins: Natalie Boyd*
  • TeEra Coleman: Old Shady
  • Meredith Owens: Dunn


*NOLA Project Ensemble Member


  • Production Manager: Jenny Billot*
  • Scenic Designer: Joan Long*
  • Lighting Designer: Mandi Wood
  • Costume Designer: Shauna Leone*
  • Sound Designer: Clare Nemanich
  • Props Designer: Jaime Bird
  • Dramaturg: Sarah A. Doody
  • Assistant Director: Erin Sheets
  • Stage Manager: Sarah Chatelain*


This production first premiered in New York City 2015 in a production by Clubbed Thumb theatre company. It later went on to be produced by Playwrights Horizons in summer 2016, and then played in a new production at The American Theatre Company in Chicago in spring 2017. All three productions were directed by Will Davis. The NOLA Project production marks the regional premiere of the new play in the Gulf South.