"York" is a one-man play depicting the slave serving William Clark in the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
Jim Kershner of The Spokesman-Review in Salem said: "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.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit local high school and university internships and critical organizational capacity-building for MHIC.
This one-man play is told by York, Clark’s childhood companion and slave, who accompanied the Corps of Discovery as the only black man on the expedition. In a stirring performance, Casteal weaves the story of York’s challenges and accomplishments, blending gripping first-person narration with energetic, live African drumming and traditional Native American drum recordings.
Although York proved an important participant in the expedition, as a black man and a slave he was not recognized as a member of the Corps of Discovery until nearly 200 years afterward. In 2001, President Bill Clinton posthumously awarded York the rank of Honorary Sergeant in the Corps of Discovery.
"York" premiered at the Spokane Civic theatre on April 29, 2005, directed by Susan Hardie and performed by David Casteal. It was performed in New York City in July 2006.
The production was conceived by two Spokane-based talents, Casteal, an actor and African drummer, and playwright Bryan Harnetiaux, Spokane Civic Theatre’s Playwright in Residence, and has been performed across the Pacific Northwest to packed houses and standing ovations.
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