Men On Boats

Runs Feb 4Feb 20, 2022
By:Jaclyn Backhaus
Approximate Running Time:TBD, including 1 intermission
Age Recommendation13+ (language)
Preview Night:Pick-Your Price $10-$40
In-Person Tickets:$27-$57
Ticket Discounts Available:After Preview Night for Seniors, Educators, Patrons under 30, and Active Military
Virtual Access:On-demand 2/17 through 2/20
On-Demand Tickets:$20

Due to the recent Covid surge, we have moved the performance dates for Men on Boats to February 4-20. Browse dates and seat availability at the “GET TICKETS” calendar!


MEN ON BOATS is the tale of ten men, four boats, and two great rivers, told on stage entirely without boats, rivers…or men! Pack your gear for this twenty-first century telling of nineteenth-century American explorer and one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell, who assembles a brawny band of soldiers, trappers, and adventurers to explore the waterways of the American West. Inspired by Powell’s actual travel log from 1869, Jaclyn Backhaus’s nimble and ingenious script is provocative, laugh-out-loud theater, performed by a cast of female and nonbinary actors who infuse America’s legends of male conquest with a sly blast of subtext.



Bradley: Jenni Chapman
Frank Goodman/Mr. Asa: April Culver
Seneca Howland/Johnson: Naomi Evans
William Dunn: Melissa Jones
O.G. Howland/Just Jim: Jennifer C. Maggio
John Wesley Powell: Mary Melnick
Old Shady: Maria Mikheyenko
Hawkins: Katie O’Bryon Champlin
John Colton Sumner: Patty Reinhart
Hall: Jaime Wolf
swing roles: Amanda Le Nguyen

Creative & Production Team

Director: Lee Ann Payne
Scenic Design: Heather Kenyon
Lighting Design: Edward Hunter
Costume Design: Sharon Peng
Sound Design: James Goode
Sound Supervisor: Jeff Grafton
Production Manager/Technical Director: Scott Ludwig
Stage Manager & COVID-compliance Officer: Lauren Howry
Assistant Stage Manager: Molly Donoho
Film Videographer: John Parenica

“…off-the-canyon-walls funny…” — Variety


Men on Boats will be staged to a live in-person audience, in accordance with the CDC and state and local health officials. Audience members must follow all local and state health and safety requirements at the time of the performance, which as of 8/3/21 includes wearing a mask in the theater regardless of vaccination status. Attendees must also show an ID plus proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Patrons unable to receive the vaccine because of age, medical condition or strongly held religious belief, will be required to show an ID plus proof of a negative COVID test (PCR method) taken within 72 hours of the performance for entry. For more about our COVID-19 safety measures, read here

Santa Clara County’s mask mandate effective 8/3/21 allows live performers to remove their face coverings while actively performing or practicing if they maintain a minimum of six feet distance from audience members and employees. Refer to the County Health Order FAQs.

SPECIAL EVENTS taking place during the run of Men on Boats include:

Preview Night: Pick-Your-Price
Friday, February 4
Pick-Your-Price Night makes theatre affordable for all. Ticket prices range from $10-$40.

Opening Night 
Saturday, February 5
Enjoy a post-show toast in the outdoor courtyard, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.

Post-Show Cast Talkback
Thursday, February 10
Enrich your experience at our Talkback series with the Director and the cast following the performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for any performance during the run.

Virtual Access

On-Demand at BroadwayOnDemand

2021-22 Subscribers and FLEX holders who wish to exchange their in-person seats for virtual access must contact the box office to get a comp promo code to use at BroadwayOnDemand.


  • CLICK HERE when you’re ready to watch (anytime between 2/17 & 2/20)
  • You can pause, rewind and rewatch the video as many times as you’d like through 2/20/22 at 11:59pm PT
  • Closed captioning is included. Disable by clicking the “CC” icon when the video is played.
  • Need help? Browse the Streaming Guide (see page 3)
  • Screen Casting is possible; browse the guides below

Your ticket purchase is per-device and is saved to your BroadwayOnDemand account.

Please Read Before Purchasing in-person Tickets

COVID-19 Related Terms

Palo Alto Players will align with the CDC and state and local health protocols in place at the time of each performance. Our procedures may change as we continue to update our health and safety processes based on guidance from the CDC and state and local health officials. By purchasing a ticket, you and all members of your accompanying party confirm your agreement to these terms to enter the theater:

  • All ticketholders are required to show proof of full COVID vaccination for entry into the theatre. “Fully vaccinated” means that your performance is at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose.
  • Patrons unable to receive the vaccine because of age, medical condition or strongly held religious belief, will be required to show proof of a negative PCR COVID test taken within 72 hours of the performance. Children under 5 are not admitted.
  • Masks are required for audience members inside the theatre, regardless of vaccination status according to the Santa Clara County mask mandate as of 8/3/21.

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place regardless of precautions that may be taken. Attending a performance at Palo Alto Players includes possible exposure to COVID-19 and other contagions, and any resulting illness or injury from it. By attending a performance at Palo Alto Players you, and your accompanying party, voluntarily agree to (1) assume all risks associated with COVID-19 and other communicable diseases, and (2) comply with all related health & safety policies and protocols of Palo Alto Players and the City of Palo Alto.
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