Portland Story Theater Presents

Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare

Story Created & Told by Lawrence Howard

Multimedia Art by Michael Hill

Musical Soundscape by Laurent Nickel

Directed by Lynne Duddy

FESTIVAL DATES: Jan 25, 26 @ 8pm

VENUE: The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th St., Portland OR 97201

TICKETS: $15 advance; $20 day of show; $5 Arts for All


There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love and are obsessed with the story of Ernest Shackleton, and those who haven’t heard it yet. This January, the good people of Portland will have their chance to join the first category when Lawrence Howard brings his one-man show, Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare: The 1914 Voyage of The Endurance, to the 10th Annual Fertile Ground Festival. This show has had sold-out runs here in Portland and also played Off-Broadway in New York. New for the festival this year, cellist Laurent Nickel will play a musical soundscape throughout the show and Multimedia Artist and Entertainment Technologist Michael Hill will create image mapping of Southern Lights and Antarctic sights, bringing a montage of imagery to life on screen, while the Armchair Adventurer Lawrence Howard tells this epic story once again. Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare is the gripping, heart-breaking, true story of British explorer, Ernest Shackleton, and the Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914. Shackleton’s dream of being the first to cross the Antarctic continent on foot became a nightmare when his valiant ship, The Endurance, was crushed in the pack ice of the Weddell Sea. The story of how he and the 27 men of the expedition survived on the ice, and eventually came to safety, is an epic tale of hardship and suffering, of courage, determination and fortitude. Appropriate for age 15+