Circle Theatre
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  1. Circle Theatre Announces Auditions for...

Directed by  

Noah Putterman 


First Rehearsal: September 24, 2018 

Performance Dates: October 18 – November 17, 2018 


AUDITION APPOINTMENT TIMES: Sunday, June 24th beginning at 12:00pm 


CALLBACKS, if warranted: Tuesday, June 26th beginning at 6:00pm 

 Callback requests will come in the form of e-mail.  



This play is based largely on John Wesley Powell’s journals of his 1869 expedition, 

published as The Exploration of the Colorado River and its Canyons. 

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.  



Adult language & subject matter 


Note on Casting from Jacklyn Backhaus: 

"The characters in MEN ON BOATS were historically cisgender white males. 

The cast should be make up entirely of people who are not. 

I’m talking about racially diverse ac- tors who are female-identifying, trans-identifying, genderfluid, and/or non-gender-con- forming."  



John Wesley POWELL—one-armed leader of the expedition  

William DUNN—hunter and trapper

John Colton SUMNER—former soldier, current explorer  

OLD SHADY- Powell’s older brother, Civil War vet  

BRADLEY—lieutenant, manic with youth  

O.G. Howland—printer and hunter 

SENECA Howland—OG’s quiet little brother  

Frank GOODMAN —British, so excited  

HALL—mapmaker old soul  

HAWKINS—the cook  

TSAUWIAT- a Ute chief (doubles with OG HOWLAND)

THE BISHOP- Tsauwiat’s wife (doubles with SENECA HOWLAND) 

 MR. ASA- a desert settler (doubles with GOODMAN)  


Equity and Non-Equity Members encouraged to audition - Equity Contracts Available. 

Circle Theatre is a member of the Equity Membership Candidacy program. 

Housing and transportation are not provided for out of town hires. 


AUDITION MATERIALS: Auditions will consist of a monologue/scene from the show (link found in confirmation email). 


Please prepare the material for the character you would like to read for. 

You will only be allowed to read one. 


To Audition:


1. Sign up at this link:


2. Upload your headshot and resume 

(using this file name - LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME) to this link: 


3. Also bring a physical copy of each to the audition.  


Perusal copies of the script are available at Circle Theatre and at S.T.A.G.E. (for members only). 


Auditions will be held at: 

Circle Theatre 

230 W. 4th St. 

Fort Worth, TX 76102 

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. Sign in at the table in the lobby. We will validate parking, just bring your ticket with you.  




Click here for a map of the audition location. MAP  


Video Submissions:   

We always encourage you to audition in-person if you can, but if you are unavailable on 

June 24th and would like to submit a video audition, please email for further instructions.


 If you are have any questions please contact 

You may also call Circle Theatre's office to schedule your appointment. 

Office Hours: 12pm - 5pm, Tuesday-Friday - 817.877.3040