Circle Theatre


Professional, contemporary plays in an intimate setting!
Contact: Faye Austin
Phone: 817.877.3040


Circle Theatre closes their 2018 season with Men on Boats


What: Men on Boats
by Jaclyn Backhaus

Where: Circle Theatre
230 W. 4th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Sundance Square Entertainment District

When: October 18– November 17, 2018
Shows: Previews:
Thursday, October 18, 7:30 pm ($15)
Friday, October 19, 8:00 pm ($20)
Saturday, October 20, 3:00 pm ($15)
Opening Night
Saturday, October 20, 8:00 pm ($38)
School Night
Friday, October 26, 8:00 pm

($5 students - $10 faculty & staff)
Regular Shows
Thursday at 7:30 pm ($25 - $33)
Fridays at 8:00 pm ($30 - $38)
Saturdays at 3:00 pm ($25 - $33)
Saturdays at 8:00 pm ($30 - $38)

Tickets: Make reservations online at,, calling 817.877.3040, or at the Circle
Theatre Box Office, 230 West Fourth Street between Houston and Throckmorton, in downtown Fort Worth.
Senior, Student, Military, KERA, Press Pass, and Group discounts are available. Half-price tickets for students
are sold 30 minutes before show time, subject to availability. Complimentary valet parking is available for all
performances. Patrons with special needs should contact our box office.

About the Play
Ten volunteers chart the course of the Colorado River in Jaclyn Backhaus’ off-the-wall comedy, Men On Boats. With a one-armed captain and a loyal crew, follow the true(ish) story of the 1869 Grand Canyon expedition.  This widely acclaimed and hysterical new play closes Circle’s 37th season with a splash! Will they survive the wild rapids to change the course of history?

Circle’s production is directed by Noah Putterman. The cast includes Jordan Desmarais as Seneca Howland/The Bishop, Gazelle Garcia as Old Shady, Chris Herrero as Hawkins, Camille Monae as John Wesley Powell, Dana Schultes as Frank Goodman, Ellen Eberhardt as John Colton Sumner, Giovanna Grimaldo as O.G. Howland/ Tsauwiat, Rachel Macknight as Hall, Nicole Neely as Bradley, and Octavia Y. Thomas as William Dunn.

Men on Boats is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc.
Circle Theatre’s production team members include Megan Beddingfield* (Stage Manager/Prop Design),
Katreeva Phillips* (Assistant Stage Manager), Clare Floyd DeVries (Set Design), John Leach (Lighting Design),
David H.M. Lambert (Sound Design), Amy Poe (Costume Design), and Sarah Gay (Assistant Director).
Photos are available upon request. Visit for more information.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

About the Playwright
Jaclyn Backhaus (Playwright) hails from Phoenix, Arizona. Her recent works include Set in
the Living Room of a Small Town American Play and You On The Moors Now for Theater
Reconstruction Ensemble, the podcast “People Doing Math” (Under the Radar at The Public),
and the upcoming Bull’s Hollow Trilogy (in development with Ars Nova). She has developed
work with Playwrights Horizons, the Ice Factory Festival, (not just) 3 New Plays, The Civilians
R&D Group, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Bonnaroo. She is the 2016 Tow Foundation
Playwright-in-Residence at Clubbed Thumb and the co-founder of Fresh
Ground Pepper.

About the Director
Noah Putterman (Director) recently completed a five year tenure as the Director of Theatre
for Youth at Casa Mañana Theatre, where he directed multiple in-house and touring
productions for young audiences, as well as the critically acclaimed Apprentice Program
(Jekyll & Hyde, Big Fish, Children of Eden, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Sweeney Todd).
Previous credits include Lyric Stage (Dallas), The Acting Company (NYC), Guthrie Theater,
Alpine Theatre Project, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, and North Carolina Theatre. His
original musical, Santa Claus: The Musical, receives its Midwest premiere this December at
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

About Circle Theatre
Founded in 1981 by Rose Pearson and Bill Newberry, Circle Theatre is currently producing its 37th season of live theatre in Fort Worth. Circle Theatre's mission is the advocacy of contemporary plays rarely seen in this community. Circle is committed to presenting professional, innovative theatre in an intimate setting. The Theatre is partially supported by the City of Fort Worth; the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County; the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Further support comes from the Amon G. Carter Foundation; Communities Foundation of Texas; Ann L. and Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust - Bank of America, NA; the Pangburn Foundation, JP Morgan, Trustee; the Sid W. Richardson Foundation; and The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

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