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, David 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.
Performance on MARGOT AND ROBERT OGDEN MAIN STAGE