The timing couldn’t be better for Astoria: Part One. A story of a journey in the 19th century to create the first permanent West Coast settlement. A timely and relevant piece of history,  here in the 21st century. Enjoy our visit with DeLanna Studi.



The play, adapted and directed by Chris Coleman, has broken records in ticket sales. The harrowing dual journey — one over land, one by sea — is told with a cast of sixteen actors playing 84 characters.


Clockwise from top: Leif Norby as John Jacob Astor, Ben Rosenblatt as Captain Jonathan Thorn, Shawn Fagan as Wilson Price Hunt and DeLanna Studi as Marie Dorion.


The full conversation is below.




More about the story, here.

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