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Men on Boats

Written by Jaclyn Backhaus

Directed by KenYatta Rogers and Elena Velasco

Scenic design by Gavin Mosier

Lighting Design by Christina Kouni Laverty

Media design by Leo Grierson

Costume design by Colin Franz

Sound design by Sam Crawford

University of Maryland, Kay Theatre


The media for Jaclyn Backhaus's Men on Boats was divided into two concepts: one for man and for nature. The natural world was represented by the river projected on the floor, which changed shape, size, and speed as the men take their journey. For the men, the media took the form of "magic lantern slides" which would have been used in the 1860's to display early photographs taken of the expedition. 

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