By Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Missy Koonce
Co-Produced with UMKC Theatre
The Levin Stage

September 6 – October 1, 2017

Ten manly explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. And an all-female cast! Men on Boats tells the true story of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of daring volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River, dodging rapids and naming every landmark. This rowdy satire written in modern language about fearless pioneers takes on a whole new meaning with women at the helm.


John Wesley Powell | Vanessa Severo*
William Dunn/Mr. Asa | Jessalyn Kincaid*
John Colton Sumner | Yetunde Felix-Ukwu
Old Shady | Carla Noack*
Bradley | Emilie Leia Karas
O.G. Howland/Tsauwait | Chioma Anyanwu
SenecaHowland/TheBishop | Rasheedat “Ras” Badejo*
Frank Goodman | Megan Sells
Hawkins | Katie Gilchrist*
Hall | Marianne McKenzie


Director | Missy Koonce
Stage Manager | Tanya Brown*
Scenic Designer | Kelli Harrod
Lighting Designer | Hector Quintero
Projection Designer | Shannon Barondeau

Master Electrician | Kylor Greene
Composer/Sound Designer | Jon Robertson
Assistant Sound Designer | Maddie Rowe
Costume Designer | Katherine Davis
Assistant Costume Designer | Maria Nieto

Props Designer | Mark Exline
Technical Director | Gregory Chafin
Dramaturg | Boni Newberry
Production Assistant | Chloé Robbins
Sound Board Operator | Maddie Rowe