The Lewis and Clark Foundation is bringing a one-man performance York to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. In a powerful, one-man performance, David Casteal plays the character York, William Clark’s personal slave. York accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition as the only African American man in the Corps of Discovery. 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.
While York proved an important participant in the Expedition, as a black man and a slave, York was not recognized as a member of the Corps of Discovery until nearly 200 years after the Expedition. In 2001, President Bill Clinton posthumously awarded York the rank of Honorary Sergeant in the Corps of Discovery. York premiered at the Spokane Civic Theater in 2005, and was conceived by two Spokane-based talents, actor and African drummer David Casteal, and playwright Bryan Harnetiaux, the Spokane Civic Theater’s Playwright-in-Residence. The production is directed by Susan Hardie.
April 6 | 7pm