Men On Boats

Date: June 22, 2017 — July 22, 2017
Days & Times:

Tues.-Thurs. at 7 pm
Fri. & Sat. at 8 pm
Sun. July 2 at 2 pm

Running Time: 120 Minutes
Price: $28

Written by Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Maura Hanlon

Presented with generous support from:


In 1869, one-armed explorer John Wesley Powell and his crew of 9 men in 4 boats went down the Colorado River into the Grand Canyon, not knowing what lay ahead.  This great adventure is reenacted by ten women —- the rapids, the rations, the ride of their lives— an ingenious, hilarious, brilliant new play and a hit of the season last year at New York City’s Playwright’s Horizons.


John Wesley Powell

Amanda previously appeared at Cape Rep in My Name is Asher Lev and Good Bye, Mary Rose. Regional theatre: The Totalitarians, Out of Sterno (IRNE Nomination, Best Actress), This Is Our Youth, 9 Circles (Gloucester Stage Company); The Seagull (Harbor Stage/Modern Theatre); A Behanding in Spokane, The Bald Soprano, Speech and Debate, Shortstack, Colorado, and What Then (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater); When The World Was Green, An Ideal Husband (American Stage in Florida);  Taste of Sunrise (Wheelock Family Theater); 9 Circles (Publick Theatre); The Island of Slaves (Orfeo Group); No Exit (Payomet); Brecht’s The Life of Galileo (Underground Railway); Saving Kitty with Jennifer Coolidge (Nora Theatre Company); Back the Night (Boston Playwrights’); and Jester’s Dead  (The Outfit in NYC). Television: Olive Kitteridge (HBO), Boston’s Finest (ABC Pilot). Film: Sea of Trees. Amanda received her BA in History and Theatre from Regis College and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

William Dunn

Victoria Flores This is Victoria’s 10th year working at Cape Rep but her first time on this stage! Previous Cape Rep Directing credits include A Year With Frog & Toad, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Baltimore Waltz, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Sideman and A Class Act. Victoria will be directing this season’s upcoming production of A New Brain.

John Colton Sumner

Alison Weller recently had the pleasure of playing Hilde Latymer in A Song at Twilight at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, with Laila Robins and Ed Genest.  She is Project Director of The Cape Cod Fishing Project (aka Boundless), an interview based theatre piece commissioned by Cape Rep.  Broadway: Coram Boy.  Off Broadway: This Beautiful City (Vineyard Theatre), Gone Missing (Barrow St. Theatre), and Aphrodisiac (PS 122).  As an Associate Artist with the Obie Award-winning Civilians: original collaborator on the long-running Gone Missing and critically-acclaimed This Beautiful City, also The Ladies (Chashama), and The Modern World Project with Anne Kauffman.  Other NY:The Female  Terrorist Project (The Committee), Out from Under It, and Blue Lila Rising (New Georges).  Regional: Portland Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, WHAT, and seven seasons at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ.  With Cape Rep: Outside Mullingar, Frankie and Johnnie in the Claire de Lune, Lady in the Dark, My Fair Lady, Ruby Tuesday, and many others.  Alison is proud to have been in the company of American Records’ ReEntry, performing at naval bases in VA, CA and MS for sailors returning from deployment.  She is a graduate of the London Film School’s Fast Forward Program for feature film producers and is developing several projects, including a screen adaptation of Thomas H. Cook’s The Last Talk with Lola Faye.  BA, Harvard; MFA, UCSD.  Member Actors’ Equity.

Old Shady aka Walter Powell

Cara Gerardi is a graduate of Keene State College and has a Bachelors degree in acting. Some of her favorite projects include How I Learned to Drive (Lil’ Bit),  Circle Mirror Transformation (Lauren), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Kayleen), and The Shape of Things (Evelyn). Cara is thrilled to be back at Cape Rep performing with this wonderful company and crew! Special Thanks to Mom, Dad, Riley, and Gus for their unending love and support!

George Young Bradley

Lindsey Erin Agnes is thrilled to be aboard this incredible adventure with the cast of Men on Boats. Some of her most recent credits include the Woman in The Woman in Black, Tammy in Hairspray, Anne in La Cage Aux Folles, Ensemble/Mistress u/s in Evita (Cape Rep), Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Amy in Little Women the Musical Zaneeta/Marian u/s in Music Man (CCTC), and Margot in Yours, Anne (ETC).  Lindsey thanks her family for supporting her passion, PHD for his unconditional love, and the passionate and talented cast and crew that have put so much love into this amazing show!

Oramel "O.G." Howland/Tsauwiat

Trish LaRose is an Associate Artist at Cape Rep Theatre where she has appeared in numerous productions. Favorites include: Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Mae West in Dirty Blonde, Lady of The Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot and Serafina Delle Rose in The Rose Tattoo. Other credits include the National Tour of Urban Cowboy, Legally Blonde at North Shore Music Theatre and her One-Woman show performed in NYC and Cape Cod. She’ll also be starring alongside Jared Hagan in their Musical Revue on Sunday and Monday evenings from June 25th-July 17th at Cape Rep. She attended The Boston Conservatory. Love to Alex, Maya, Mo, Alli, Kate, her cast of brothers and her mom, the strongest woman she knows.

Seneca Howland/The Bishop

Jess Andra is thrilled to be making her debut at Cape Rep with this wonderful piece, surrounded by such talent on and off the stage. She was most recently seen as Sandra Bloom in Big Fish at The Umbrella. Select past roles include: Eva Peron in Evita, Daisy Hilton in Side Show and Mary Magdalene in JCS (The Umbrella) Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods (Seacoast Rep) Sara in Murder Ballad (Wilbury Group) Squeaky Fromme in Assassins (Curtain Call). Jess is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. “Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.” -Jean-Paul Sartre

Frank Goodman/Mr. Asa

Tabatha Gayle (Frank Goodman, Mr. Asa) is a senior BFA Acting Major at the University of Connecticut, from Hamden CT. She has recently returned from a semester of study abroad with The Theater Academy London.  Previous credits: Shrek the Musical (Humpty Dumpty/Three Blind Mice), Seascape with Sharks and Dancer (Tracy), Hairspray (The Dynamites), The Shadow Box (Agnes), Footloose (Wendy Jo), Spamalot (Laker Girl, Dance Ensemble, Maybe Tuesday (Mildred), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Monica).

Andrew Hall

Leanne McLaughlin is thrilled to be back onstage at Cape Rep theatre. She is especially excited to be sharing it with this group of amazing women. Leanne graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC in 2011. She is now based in Los Angeles where she produced and performed in a production of Tigers Be Still at the Lounge Theatre. Past productions include: The Art of Dining, The Three Sisters and Member of the Wedding. For more information visit

William Robert Hawkins

Emily Murray is thrilled to be working at Cape Rep with this talented group of ladies. A Cape Cod native, trained and raised at HJT. She received an MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC. Performed all over the Cape and NYC. She has been teaching the Creative Drama program and Directing at the Harwich Junior Theatre for the past 5 years.  Emily loves her partner Eric and their beautiful baby girl, Phoebe.

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.



Maura Hanlon is the Associate Artistic Director at Cape Rep Theatre where she has directed many, many plays including this season’s Macbeth (the debut of the Young Company), and  2016’s My Name is Asher Lev and Peter and the Starcatcher.  In addition to directing Men On Boats, she will also be at the helm of Billy Elliot, the Musical.  Favorite directing credits include Failure: A Love Story, Jerusalem, Eurydice, Wintertime, The Rose Tattoo (Cape Rep), and Peter Pan and Wendy (HJT).  Mo is a sometime actor (including Cape Rep’s The Drowsy Chaperone, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and most recently, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play), a frequent sound designer (including for last season’s production of My Name is Asher Lev) and a playwright (Good Bye, Mary Rose, Dinosaur Pirates from Outerspace! and Alice in Wonderland).  Mo is a Holy Cross grad who studied acting and directing at Trinity Rep Conservatory, and received her MFA in directing from UCSD.  Twice nominated for the prestigious Richard E. Sherwood Award at the Mark Taper Forum, many of her productions have been named among the favorites in the Cape Cod Times annual “Favorite Shows of….”  She is a well-respected acting teacher and coach and teaches acting and directing through Cape Rep’s Theatrelab and YoCo, and for the Harwich Junior Theatre.  Special thanks to her incredibly supportive family, Art, Paddo, Seamus, and Macklin.

Scenic Design

Ryan McGettigan (Scenic Design) Cape Rep credits: Regular Singing, Woman in Black, My Name is Asher Lev, Failure: A Love Story, Evita, Jerusalem, Next to Normal, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anna Christie, Avenue Q, Xanadu, Dirty Blonde, A Class Act, Eurydice, Side Man, Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Circle Mirror Transformation.  Recent designs in the Northeast include Wilde Tales (World Premiere), The Odyssey (World Premiere), Trouble in Tahiti (Glimmerglass Festival), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare & Co./Orlando Shakespeare Theatre), and The Fabulous Lipitones (WHAT).  Regional credits: Rocky Horror Show, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Million Dollar Quartet (Theatre Under the Stars), Heathers, Sweet Potato Queens (World Premiere), First Date (Houston Press, Best Musical 2015), Striking 12, Bonnie & Clyde (Broadway World Houston Best Scenic Design Award / TUTS Undergound), Marie Antoinette (Houston Press, Best Scenic Design 2015), The Language Archive (Stages Theatre, Houston–2013 BATEH Scenic Design Award, Broadway World Houston Best Scenic Design nominee), Barber of Seville, Ghost Sonata, The Birds, The Cherry Orchard, The Importance of Being Earnest, Doctor Faustus, Ubu Roi (Classical Theatre Company), Boom (Black Lab Theatre, 2013 BATEH Award Nominee), Mother Divine (New York Musical Theatre Festival), Next to Normal, Much Ado About Nothing (Abilene Shakespeare Festival), 9 to 5 the Musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Legacy Theatre, Atlanta).  International: Henry V, As You Like It, Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Richard III (Prague Shakespeare Company, Czech Republic).  Opera: The Magic Flute (San Jose Opera), Faust, Die Fledermaus, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Marriage of Figaro (New Orleans Opera), Bound, From My Mother’s Mother, Your Name Means the Sea (World Premieres) (Houston Grand Opera – HGOco).  Dance: ‘Bout a Stranger (World Premiere / Open Dance Projects), Tsuru (World Premeire / Houston Ballet/Asia Society Texas).  Upcoming projects include Pippin (Theatre Under the Stars), and Robin Hood (Glimmerglass Festival).

Costume Design

Robin McLaughlin (Costume Design) was resident costume designer at Cape Rep for many years. She is very happy to have been welcomed back for the summer season. She continues to be a nationally known designer of handmade journey bags and has added custom wedding accessories to her collection. @robinelizabethcreations

Lighting Design

Phil Kong (Lighting Design) Cape Rep Theatre credits include The Woman In Black, Mr. Burns; a post electric play, Failure: A Love Story, Good People, Jerusalem, and Next to Normal.  Phil’s work has been seen internationally in dance, theater, music and other live events.  His most recent work includes lighting design for Is It Real?, a concert involving a mashup of classical and modern forms of music, voice and performance in Berlin, Germany, Qurio: Wilkommen in Wunderland for Tui Cruises GmbH, Seussical at the Kellertheater Wetzlar (Germany), Der Kaiser von Atlantis in Hamburg, Germany, and associate lighting design for the Shanghai Disneyland on Golden Fairy Tale Fanfare and the Tomorrowland Stage.

Sound Design

Aaron Mack (Sound Design) Aaron is thrilled to be back with Cape Repertory Theatre, where he has found a home since 2011.  Aaron is a former full-time sound designer and with companies such as the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, the Santa Fe Opera, and the New Victory Theatre in New York City.  He holds to Elliot Norton Awards for Best Design.  Aaron is currently the Media Operations Manager for ESI Design, a world renowned design firm specializing in innovation and experience design.  He would like to thank the Cape Rep family for having him back to work with the best team in the business.

Stage Manager

Allison Davis (Stage Manager) is happy to be back for her fifth season at Cape Rep! Her previous credits include: The Woman In Black, La Cage aux Folles, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Evita, The Light in the Piazza, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Cape Rep Theatre); Barbecue (Lyric Stage); MOMologues, and She Did All That: Betty Ford Speaks Out (The Company Theatre).  Allison is a graduate of Bridgewater State University.

** Associate Member of SDC, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

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