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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