Front L-R: Mariah Smith as "George Young Bradley", Amy Shephard as "William Robert Hawkins", Edith Campbell as "Andrew Hall" – photo by Hannah Eklund
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Notes on Olympia Little Theatre’s Men on Boats
by Alec Clayton
Back L-R: Kendra Malm as "Walter Henry (Old Shady) Powell", Andrea Weston-Smart as "Oramel (O.G.) Howland", Susana Bailén Acevedo as "Seneca Howland", Jesse Morrow as "John Wesley Powell", Shannon Agostinelli as "William Dunn", Heather R. Christopher as "John Colton Sumner"
Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus and directed by Hannah Eklund for Olympia Little Theatre is unlike anything ever seen on Olympia stages — with the possible exception of Playhouse Creatures performed by Theater Artists Olympia, with two of the same cast members, Heather Christopher and Jesse Morrow.
Men on Boats is the adventure tale of one-armed Civil War veteran Major John Wesley Powell (Morrow) and his band of cis-gendered, all-white, government-sanctioned explorers who were the first such men (cis-gendered, white and government-sanctioned) to travel down the Green and Colorado Rivers into the heart of the Grand Canyon.
Men on Boats is a theatrical experience that should not be missed.
Men on Boats
Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave NE, Olympia
7:25 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday, through Feb. 17
(360) 786-9484, http://olympialittletheater.org