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Astoria: Part One

January 14 – February 19, 2017
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

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. Special engagement repeat performances of Part One.

A World Premiere!

Run Time:
Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one intermission.

Who’s Who:
View the cast and creative team bios.

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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.

Astoria: Part One

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Behind the Scenes of "Astoria"

From props to rehearsal to creating 53 wooden pikes, get a special sneak peek into the making of Astoria.

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The "Astoria" Design Team Visits Astoria

Artistic Director Chris Coleman blogs about the day the Astoria design team piled into a van and drove West.

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Beer Tastings from Fort George Brewery

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.

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Resource Guide for Educators: Astor Expedition

A detailed look at the two journeys that took the Hudson Bay Company to Astoria.

Preview image for "Astoria: Part One" Cast and Creative Team

"Astoria: Part One" Cast and Creative Team

Learn about the incredible cast and creative team we've assembled for the world premiere of Astoria: Part One.

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Native Voices Symposium on Native American Art and Literature

Join Deana Dartt, PhD, independent scholar and curator and other experts for a special symposium on the indigenous history, art and contemporary issues of Columbia river peoples, Sunday, January 22 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Visit Astoria

Watch Astoria: Part One, then experience the story in real life with the "Visit Astoria" travel itinerary.

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