In May 1869, ten skilled yet misfit adventurers set off to chart the Green and Colorado Rivers on the first official government-sponsored expedition of the Grand Canyon. Men on Boats (re)imagines the exploits of Major John Wesley Powell and his crew, offering a very contemporary perspective on the history of male conquest and westward expansion.
Taking her inspiration from Powell’s actual journals, playwright Jaclyn Backhaus throws gender, historical and theatrical expectations overboard. Performed with a wink by a racially and gender diverse cast, the play takes audiences on a raucous ride down the rapids to remind us that how we represent the past impacts how we will be inspired to make history in the future.
STUDIO 60 THEATRE in the basement of MSU’s Auditorium Building, corner of Farm Lane and Auditorium Road (parking lot on Auditorium Road
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at TBD (pending MSU Football game)
*Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2:00pm
**Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:30pm
Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:00pm
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8:00pm
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2:00pm
* Director Pre-Show Discussion on Sunday, November 11, 2018 @ 1:15pm
** Post-Show Discussion on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. (Following the performance)
Talkback on November 13th will feature panelists:
Briona S. Jones, Doctoral Student and University Fellow, Department of English
Dr. Mindy Morgan, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and
Affiliated Faculty, American Indian and Indigenous Studies
Tickets are available from the Wharton Center Box Office, 1.800.WHARTON, whartoncenter.com
Or buy tickets at the box office in the Auditorium Building, Farm Lane end lobby, and go downstairs to Studio 60, past the Arena Theatre
SEXUAL POLITICS - Arena Theatre
11/11-12 - The MSU Department of Theatre is proud to present a unique and timely experience with THE SEXUAL POLITICS SERIES, under Artistic Direction from Alexis Black and Assistant Direction from Philip Effiong. This performance of published and ensemble-created works explores how theatre, as an art form, has illuminated, illustrated and even misrepresented issues of discrimination, empowerment and abuse on several levels. Altogether moving, thought-provoking and sometimes humorous, the exploration of these complex issues is brought to the Arena Theatre on November 11th and 12th.
A major focus of the performance will subsequently be on strengthening community and communication, with interactive post-show discussions led by Professors Black and Effiong alongside campus community leaders with experience in supporting and advocating for safety and survivors. Audience members should note that in order to address these topics in a meaningful way, the show will cover subject matter that includes stalking, gender-based violence, non-consent, homophobia, and more. With an understanding that these depictions may trigger unwanted reactions, safe space facilitators will be available throughout the show for assistance.
Run time is approximately 80 minutes, followed by a post-show discussion of 20-30 minutes.
Sunday, November 11th at 7:30 pm
Monday, November 12th at 7:30 pm
$10 – General Admission: Tickets are available at the door - basement of the Auditorium Building corner of Farm Lane and Auditorium Road (parking lot on Auditorium Road)