The Armory

Astoria: Part Two

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January 20 – February 18, 2018

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

A World Premiere!

Continuing the ambitious adventure of Part One, which told the stories of the Astor expeditions by land and sea to establish trade routes to the Pacific Northwest, Part Two is about the extraordinary endeavors that lead to the establishment of Astoria, the first permanent United States settlement on the West Coast.

Reprise performances of Astoria: Part One will be offered as a special engagement on February 11, 15 and 17. Each of the performances of Part One is paired with a performance of Astoria: Part Two, providing the opportunity to experience the entire adventure in one day.

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

Playbill:
Explore the playbill.

Run Time:
Approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one intermission.

Note:
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 at The Armory.

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Astoria: Part Two

Previews are Jan. 20-25 | Opening night Jan. 26
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

Reviews of "Astoria: Part Two"

"Astoria is a great way to learn the history behind the place we all call home. It reminds us to be grateful to the people who sacrificed their lives, as well as recognize the cultures that had been here long before Astor conceived his plan.” 

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Specialty Cocktails Inspired by "Astoria: Part Two"

Resident Mixologist and The Armory Bar Supervisor Melissa Larrabee writes about creating the delicious specialty cocktails inspired by Astoria: Part Two.

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A Family History Unfolds On Stage

In 1811, Alexander McKay and his son Thomas arrived at the mouth of the Columbia River aboard the Tonquin ship as members of the Pacific Fur Company. 206 years later, in 2017, Alexander’s great-great-great-great-grandson, Bob Nelson, settled into a seat at The Armory to watch Astoria: Part One.

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Art Installation by Portland Cherokee Artist Brenda Mallory

The Armory will host Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes, an art installation by Brenda Mallory, a local artist and member of the Cherokee Nation. Now through the run of And So We Walked

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The Astor Expedition Ale

In celebration of Astoria: Part Two, we've partnered with the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce and five Astoria brewers to create a limited edition beer to commemorate the 19th century expedition.

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The Music of Astoria

From the French Canadian voyaguer songs to traditional American folk songs, explore the music in Astoria. 

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Resource Guide for Educators: Peter Stark

Astoria author Peter Stark talks about writing and researching the book, and the journey's lasting impact today.

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Native Languages Happy Hour

Learn about the Native languages spoken in Astoria: Part Two with language expert Valerie Switzler and dialect coach Mary McDonald-Lewis. Tuesday, January 30, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

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Happy Hour Conversations with Peter Stark

Author Peter Stark discusses researching and writing Astoria and what it's like to see his words on stage. 

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A Bird's-Eye View of "Astoria"

Astoria is an overflowing treasure chest of history; this article offers a peek into the context of the world of the play and snapshot introductions to some of its fascinating inhabitants.

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Happy Hour: Weird Astoria 101

Learn all about the history of Astoria, with Kick Ass Oregon History's Doug Kenck-Crispin. Sunday, Jan. 21, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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Happy Hour with Columbia Land Trust

Join Aja DeCoteau of the Inter-tribal Fish Commission and Columbia Land Trust Executive Director Glenn Lamb for a pre-show discussion. Sunday, January 28th, 6:30 p.m. Free!

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First Thursday with Crow and The Canyon

Ring in February with a First Thursday party at The Armory: February 1, 5-7 p.m.

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"Astoria" Marathon Day Happy Hours

Artisans from our costume department will be showing off their work between marathon performances of Astoria: Part One and Two.

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Reviews of "Astoria: Part One"

"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..."

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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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"Astoria" Reading List

From Washington Irving to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee to the French Canadian voyageurs, dive deeper with the books that inspired Astoria. Includes links to buy or read for free online.

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Key Dates of the Astor Expedition

From John Jacob Astor's first days as an immigrant to the War of 1812 and Oregon's statehood, explore the Astoria timeline.

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"Astoria" Cast and Creative Team

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

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"Astoria" Cast and Creative Team

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

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