Jan 6 - 8: Men on Boats - Opening Weekend

12.29.2016 00:00:00
American Theater Company - Men on Boats Opening Weekend
Ten explorers set out on four boats to map the raging rapids of the Green and Colorado Rivers on the government’s first sanctioned expedition in the American West. Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and director Will Davis team up again on this play, originally produced by Clubbed Thumb with a second production at Playwrights Horizons in New York this summer, in Davis’ first production as ATC’s artistic director. Performed by a genderfluid cast of women and folks otherwise defined, Men on Boats takes back 1869.

Friday, January 6, 2017 through Sunday, January 8, 2017




Friday, January 6th
6:00pm | Pre-Performance Reception at Big Bricks Restaurant, 3832 N. Lincoln Ave Conversation with director Will Davis, playwright Jaclyn Backhaus, Dr. Amy Lippert, professor of history at University of Chicago, and Mollie Fullerton, Education and Programs Manager of the John Wesley Powell River History Museum, about the historical context of John Wesley Powell’s 1860 expedition.
8:00pm | Performance of Men on Boats at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron Street
9:45pm | Post-Performance Reception at KICK Restaurant, 1943 W. Byron Street Mingling with director Will Davis and members of the cast, featuring a specialty cocktail from KICK Restaurant. KICK to provide 50 complimentary drink tickets for sponsors and artists.

Saturday, January 7
6:00pm | Pre-Performance Reception at Big Bricks Restaurant, 3832 N. Lincoln Ave Conversation with director Will Davis, playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and Megan Carney, Director of Gender and Sexuality Center UIC on inclusive casting and performing gender and identity onstage.
8:00pm | Performance of Men on Boats at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron Street
9:45pm | Post-Performance Reception at KICK Restaurant, 1943 W. Byron Street Mingling with director Will Davis and members of the cast, featuring a specialty cocktail from KICK Restaurant. KICK to provide 50 complimentary drink tickets for sponsors and artists.

Sunday, January 8
12:30pm | Pre-Performance Reception at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave Conversation with by director Will Davis and playwright Jaclyn Backhaus Generously hosted by: Windy City Times
2:00pm | Performance of Men on Boats at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St.
3:45pm | Post-Performance Talkback with director Will Davis


All pre-performance events for Opening Weekend are FREE, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Emma Palermo, Manager of Individual Giving & Special Events at epalermo@atcweb.org or 773-4509-4125 ext. 102. For more information, please click here.



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