Armchair Adventurer

Lawrence Howard is the Armchair Adventurer

Real Life Adventure Stories

These stories are all the more incredible because they really happened. Epic stories of great adventure, perseverance, and courage, created and told by Lawrence Howard and recorded before live audiences. Click here to purchase.

  • Nansen of The North
  • Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare
  • Polar Opposites
  • The Essex

Each is a double CD ($20 USD) and the pricing includes shipping within the continental United States. Please contact us for additional pricing if you are wanting to ship outside of mainland USA.

Nansen of The North CDWith this story Lawrence Howard takes the Armchair Adventure north, to Norway and Greenland and the New Siberian Islands, to Svarlbard and Spitzbergen and Franz Joseph Land. This story goes all the way back to the 1890’s, to the father of polar travel: the one and only Fridtjof Nansen. 2+ hours Buy now.

Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic NightmareThe true, epic tale of Ernest Shackleton and the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914. Their valiant ship, The Endurance, was trapped in the pack ice and crushed; Shackleton and his 28 men survived on the ice for over a year and endured incredible hardships. 3+ hours Buy now.

Polar Opposites: Scott and AmundsenThis is a story of heroic and tragic events in Antarctica when Scott and his companions fought their way to the Pole only to find that Amundsen had beaten him by five weeks. Crushed, utterly exhausted, and short on food and fuel, Scott and his team froze and starved to death, just 11 miles from a huge cache of provisions and supplies. 2+ hours Buy now.

The EssexThe Essex is the true story of a Nantucket whaling ship that was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in 1820, leaving 20 men in three small boats with very little food or water. This is the true story that became the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Meticulously researched and historically accurate. 3+ hours Buy now.

For more information, please visit Lawrence Howard’s Armchair Adventure page.

Urban Tellers®

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Theater as Community

Our work brings people together to share stories of our mutual human experience. To paraphrase playwright, Tarell Alvin McCraney, “This is theater as community. It is holy theater not because it exalts something on high, but because for the time onstage, the audience and the storyteller are one, and all those people, though each seeing and hearing it slightly differently, are following the same course and going on a journey together.”

These live storytelling experiences have given people an inside look into the heart and soul of our community. Listeners are invited to embark on a shared experience that is a potent blend of vulnerability and heart. It’s an evening of discovery, connection, and honesty woven together in a tapestry of shared experiences.

Portland Story Theater, Christa Morletti McIntyre tells us, “is a different place to be – one that nurtures experience, dignity, and the up-down staircase of being alive. The stories are about the person telling them, but more than that, they’re about the thread that unites us and takes us all to an even ground through the telling. You can read the entire piece: Once upon a time: true stories at Oregon Arts Watch.

What We Believe

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One Race: The Human Race

We believe that personal story breaks down barriers and reveals the commonality of the human experience. We believe that story is the glue that holds us together and sustains us as a community; that story awakens our consciousness and helps us recognize that we are one race: the human race. We believe that each personal narrative is sacred. We do not seek out celebrities to perform in our shows because we believe that everyone has a story to tell. No need to bring the focus on sensational, titillating or embarrassing stories. We encourage people to dig deep to discover the heartfelt humor and emotional truth of their stories.

Everyone has a story to tell.

Be heard. Honor your emotional truth. Discover your story. Discover your self.

Listening builds connection.

Be open. People are transformed by being heard. Listen openheartedly.

Story breaks down barriers.

Be vulnerable. Tell your story. Authentically. Honestly. Sincerely.

We are in a revolution.

Be a part of the change. Story illuminates the universal through the personal. Story awakens our consciousness. Story helps us recognize that we are one race: the human race.

Believe. Act. Transform.

Thank you for being a part of Portland Story Theater’s vision to advance, inspire and expand our community narrative, one story at a time – and in doing so, preserve and promote the ancient art of storytelling in a way that enriches modern life, allowing and encouraging people to be vulnerable and present in ways that are crucial to the full expression of our humanity.

May The Narrative Be With You!®

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!

Portland Story Theater is generously supported by The McIvor Family Charitable Fund; Tonkon Torp; Susan Sullivan; John Moe; Diane Ponti and Ward Greene; Ronni Lacroute; Polk Family Charitable Fund; Dana and Steve Dennis; members of the Portland Story Theater Board, Founders’ Circle, and Narrative Network, and many other individual supporters, as well as by the Oregon Community Foundation; The Collins Foundation; James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation; Meyer Memorial Trust; The Kinsman Foundation; The Autzen Foundation; NW Natural Gas; Oregon Arts Commission; and The Oregon Cultural Trust.