Peter Stark is an adventure and exploration writer and historian. Born in Wisconsin, he studied English and anthropology at Dartmouth College, took a master’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and headed off to the remote spots of the world writing magazine articles and books. With a home base in Missoula, Montana, he and his family periodically have lived abroad for a year, most recently in a small town in Northeast Brazil. A long-time correspondent for Outside magazine, Stark’s articles and essays have also appeared in Smithsonian, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Men’s Journal, and many others.

His most recent book, ASTORIA, tells the gripping story of John Jacob Astor’s hugely ambitious wilderness expedition to establish the first American colony on the West Coast and a global trade empire, with the backing of Thomas Jefferson. ASTORIA was a New York Times bestseller, received a PEN award nomination, and has been adapted into an epic, two-part play, with ASTORIA: PART ONE having premiered in January 2017 and ASTORIA: PART TWO premiering in January 2018.


ASTORIA: PART TWO, by Portland Center Stage
based on the book by Peter Stark
adapted for the stage by Chris Coleman
World Premiere, Friday, January 26th, 2018
Audience Preview, January 20th – January 25th
If you missed it: ASTORIA: PART ONE, premiered in 2017, will be performed in 2018 on January 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th. On February 11th, 15th and 17th, both PART ONE and PART TWO will be performed on the same day.
U.S. Bank Main Stage
Portland Center Stage at The Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave., Portland, Oregon

Read more about Astoria

And at Peter’s Blog, read the latest blog post: Until the Teeth Fall Out of Your Head