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Jaclyn Backhaus

Jaclyn Backhaus is a playwright and one co-founder of Fresh Ground Pepper. Her play Men On Boats was a NYT Critics’ Pick in Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks as well as the Off-Broadway production at Playwrights Horizons. It was named a Kilroys play in 2015 and will receive its Chicago premiere at ATC in 2017. Other works include People Doing Math Live! (Under The Radar Festival's INCOMING! Series at The Public Theater), The Incredible Fox Sisters (Live Source), and You On The Moors Now (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, The Hypocrites in Chicago). She has received commissions from Playwrights Horizons and Ars Nova and is the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Clubbed Thumb. Her work has been developed and showcased with the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Playwrights Horizons, The Public and Joe’s Pub, The Ice Factory Festival, (not just) 3 New Plays, The Civilians R&D Group, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Ars Nova’s ANTFest, and The Falcons. BFA: NYU. She hails from Phoenix, Arizona.

Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence
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Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence

Jaclyn Backhaus

21 October 2016

Jaclyn Backhaus writes about her residency at Clubbed Thumb.

Questioning How We Tell Mainstream History with Men On Boats
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Questioning How We Tell Mainstream History with Men On Boats

8 October 2016

Summer Banks talks with Jaclyn Backhaus about bringing the story of Men On Boats to life on stage without any men.