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Synopsis Of York And Character Break-Down

This is a one person play that tells the story of William Clark’s man servant/slave, York, who was the only Black member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1803-06. The play features African drumming by the character York. David Casteal, who is creating the drum rhythms for this piece, will portray York. The focus is ultimately on York’s spiritual journey as a slave, particularly in light of the freedom and celebrity he experienced as a result of his involvement in the Corp of Discovery expedition.

The portrayal of York is from age four until five years after the expedition, tracking his journey from ignorant and submissive slave to accomplished and outgoing frontiersman, to an archetypal Black American.

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