February 19, 2017
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage
Previews are Jan. 14-19 | Opening night Jan. 20
Adapted and directed by Chris Coleman
Based on the book "ASTORIA: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire, A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival" by Peter Stark
A World Premiere!
Adapted from the best-selling book by Peter Stark, this harrowing dual journey — one over land, one by sea — will be told with an exceptional cast of sixteen actors. At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries — President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor — foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark Expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history’s dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent. This monumental piece of American history will be told in two parts over the course of two seasons. Part One is about the journey to Astoria and Part Two (premiering January, 2018) is about the establishment of Astoria, the first permanent United States settlement on the West Coast.
Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one intermission.
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Recommended for ages 14 and up. Contains gunshot sound effects, and some mature content and language. The actors in this production will be using tobacco-free herbal pipes. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production.
Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.*
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon*
*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.
This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.
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"Astoria is comparable to The Crown, Marco Polo, Frontier or any other prestige period drama saved in your Netflix queue. Even better: This monumental miniseries is live..."
Join us for a series of complimentary of beer tastings from the Fort George Brewery located in Astoria before select performances of Astoria. Must be over 21 to participate.
Astoria author Peter Stark talks about writing and researching the book, and the journey's lasting impact today.
A detailed look at the two journeys that took the Hudson Bay Company to Astoria.
From props to rehearsal to creating 53 wooden pikes, get a special sneak peek into the making of Astoria.
In Astoria, the real people of many nationalities who inhabited North America in the early 1800s become characters. So does the landscape itself, pitting both geographical and geological obstacles against John Jacob Astor’s drive to usurp control of the lucrative fur trade. Astoria is an overflowing treasure chest of history; this page offers a peek into the context of the world of the play and snapshot introductions to some of its fascinating inhabitants.