Launched in 2008, the Armchair Adventurer Series chronicles true, historical events with the energy and emotion of a personal narrative. From the deadly, frozen landscape of Antarctica to the merciless abyss of the sea, Armchair Adventurer journeys through the most heart-wrenching survival tales of all time. These are epic stories of great adventure, perseverance, and courage, created and told by Lawrence Howard.
NOTE: This show only 17+ ok if accompanied by guardian. Listener Discretion Advised.
Storyteller Lawrence Howard
The Fremont in Portland, Oregon
January 20, 21, 27, 28
Cascades Theatre in Bend, Oregon
April 14 (Tickets available in March, 2017)
Nansen of the NorthRead a review by Bob Hicks of Oregon Arts Watch: Fridtjof Nansen’s polar express
Read a preview by Meg Currell of Edge Media Network: Portland’s 9th Fertile Ground Festival
Since 2008, Portland Story Theater’s acclaimed Armchair Adventurer series has focused on the stories of series creator Lawrence Howard’s Antarctic heroes: Shackleton, Mawson, Amundsen and Scott. This year, for the first time ever, we turn our attention northward to bring you Nansen of the North, the story of Fridtjof Nansen, the father of polar travel, the one who showed them all how it could be done. Nansen, the great Norwegian ski champion. Nansen, a pioneer in neurobiology. Nansen, who made the first-ever crossing of Greenland on skis. Nansen, who set a new record for the Farthest North. Statesman. Diplomat. Humanitarian. One of the founders of the League of Nations. The First United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Nobel Prize winner. Nansen, who famously said, “It is better to go skiing and to think about God than it is to go to church and think about skiing.” Nansen of Norway. Nansen of the North. A captivating performer, Howard holds audiences spellbound and has been called “the Homer of Portland” and “the master of nonfiction on the stage.” Join us in January, 2017, for a brand new installment in the Armchair Adventurer series: Nansen of the North. This year’s show is part of Portland’s City-Wide Fertile Ground Festival. We will honor 10 passes per show. If you do buy a Fertile Ground Pass, please designate Portland Story Theater so we can earn some of the proceeds from your purchase. Thank you!
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Shackleton, The Untold StoryRead a review by Bob Hicks of Oregon ArtsWatch
Read a preview by David Jasper of the Bend Bulletin
Thanks to Solo Speak, this April, Lawrence Howard returned to the Cascades Theatrical Company in Bend, Oregon to tell a new story about Ernest Shackleton and the 1914 Trans-Antarctic Expedition. This show premiered at Fertile Ground, Portland’s City-Wide Theater Festival. Going back to the roots of the Armchair Adventurer series, for the first time ever Howard will tell the harrowing story of the Ross Sea Party — those valiant men on the other side of the continent who gave everything they had to lay down the caches of food and fuel along the route — caches that, as it turned out, Shackleton never used. This is a story that speaks to something very deep within the human psyche. It’s a story of the indomitable power of the human spirit.