David Casteal & Bryan Harnetiaux
(Copyright 2005, revised 2016)
Directed by Susan Hardie
The untold story of York, the only Black man on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
February 4, 2018
Sunday @ 2:00 p.m.
In a powerful, one-man performance, David Casteal plays the character York as “a whirlwind, a force of nature, a vital, laughing, raging bundle of muscle and brain” – Jim Kershner, The Spokesman-Review
David Casteal transports audiences to 1804 in this riveting first-person account of the only black man on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. As William Clark’s personal slave, York faced challenges that were inconceivable, exhilarating, and – at times – harrowing. One part history and one part pure creative vision, Casteal’s passionate and playful portrayal is set against the driving backdrop of live West African drumming and traditional Native American drum recordings.
As a black man and as a slave, York went unrecognized for his accomplishments until 2001, when he was posthumously awarded the rank of Honorary Sergeant in the Corps of Discovery by then-President Bill Clinton.
Conceived by Spokane-based actor and Djembe drummer David Casteal and playwright Bryan Harnetiaux (Spokane Civic Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence), York has been performed across the northwest to sold-out houses and standing ovations. It premiered at Spokane Civic theatre on April 29, 2005 under the direction of Susan Hardie and went on to appear in New York City in July 2006.
Due to some language and themes, York is recommended for junior high and above.