by David Casteal and Bryan Harnetiaux 
Drums by David Casteal
Book by Bryan Harnetiaux
Directed by Susan Hardie

Produced by the team at The Modern Theater in commemoration of Black History Month, Spokane Civic Theatre is honored to once again host York for this special two-date engagement in the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre.

Rating: PG

February 27 - 28, 2016

A Special Two-Night Engagement.

Curtain Times

Saturday, February 27: 3:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, February 28: 2:00pm

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

York was William Clark’s personal slave, accompanying the Corps of Discovery as the only black man on the Lewis and Clark 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, York was not recognized as a member of the Corps of Discovery until nearly 200 years after the Expedition, when, in 2001, President Bill Clinton posthumously awarded York the rank of Honorary Sergeant in the Corps of Discovery.  

Don’t miss this important story.



York premiered at Spokane Civic theatre on April 29, 2005, as directed by Susan Hardie and performed by David Casteal, with performances in New York City in July 2006.

This production was conceived by two Spokane-based talents, actor and African drummer David Casteal and playwright Bryan Harnetiaux (Spokane Civic Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence), and has been performed across the northwest to packed houses and standing ovations.  

February 27 - 28, 2016

Curtain Times
Saturday, February 27: 3:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, February 28: 2:00pm


There are no events scheduled for this month.


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