Thursday, February 23, 2017

York Comes to Enterprise March 5

The one-man play, "York," comes to the OK Theatre in Enterprise on Sunday, March 5.  

York, played by David Casteal of Spokane, was William Clark's childhood companion and slave. He accompanied the Corps of Discovery as the only black man on the expedition. This stirring performance describes the journey from the eyes of York, his history with Clark, and how became involved with the expedition. The story is interwoven with a blend of African drumming and traditional Native American drum recordings. 

York proved an important figure in the expedition, but as a black man and a slave, he was not recognized as a member of the Corps until nearly 200 years later, when President Bill Clinton posthumously awarded him the rank of Honorary Sergeant in the Corps of Discovery.

The play was conceived by David Casteal and playwright Bryan Harnetiaux, Spokane Civic Theatre’s Playwright in Residence. Directed by Susan Hardie, it premiered in Spokane in 2005 and has been performed for enthusiastic audiences from the Pacific Northwest to New York City.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with curtain time at 7 p.m. Casteal has been on numerous trips to Africa to study drumming and dance and he brings with him his collection of instruments and artifacts to display in the lobby, where savory refreshments will be available at the concession area.

Tickets may be purchased at the Dollar Stretcher in Enterprise, Joseph Hardware in Joseph and, and the Lostine Tavern in Lostine. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for seniors and veterans and $15 for general admission. Please mail group ticket inquiries and other questions to or call (541) 426-3545.