Men On Boats

Bell Road Barn Players will be holding
open auditions for our Spring 2022 play
“Men On Boats”
by Jaclyn Backhaus.

Directed by Diane Bulan
Adventure, bravery and humorous absurdity…
led by an all-female cast, Men on Boats is the true-ish story of John Wesley Powell’s expedition of the Colorado River in 1869. Guided by a one-armed captain, the outlandish but loyal crew encounters various disasters, conflicts and harrowing adventures along the way. Spinning historical, theatrical, and gender conventions on their heads, this subversive tale of ten men, four boats, and two rivers contains none of the above.


Auditions will take place at the David Theatre,
in Alumni Hall on the campus of Park University
8700 NW River Park Dr. Parkville, MO 64152
                             Sunday January 23rd from 1:00 — 4:00 pm
                            Monday January 24th from 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Auditions by appointment only and will consist of cold readings from the script.
     Actors must show proof of full vaccination at auditions.
Headshots and resumes are also encouraged but not required.
Sign up for an appointment 

Roles and are available for 5-6 female, female-identifying, trans-identifying, gender-fluid, and/or gender-nonconforming actors. Understudies may also be cast.

Especially seeking BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) actors.

Per the playwright: “while the characters in MEN ON BOATS were historically cisgender white males, the cast should be made up entirely of people who are not.”

PERFORMANCE DATES: March 11 – 13 & 18 – 20

Rehearsal will begin February 6 and run Sundays – Thursdays.

Please come with any potential conflict dates during the months of February & March.

For specific questions please email

Men On Boats requires physical movement during the boating scenes. General physical fitness and ability to bend, squat, go down on knees, lift objects, get up and down from the floor, etc. are important.