Rebuilding Center & NAYA present York @ Jefferson High School | A New Perspective on Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery

From our sponsors:
York @ Jefferson High SchoolRebuilding Center & NAYA present York
7 p.m. March 12, 2016
2 p.m. March 13, 2016
$7 Students, $12 Adults
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Jefferson High School Auditorium
5210 N Kerby Ave, Portland, OR 97217

The ReBuilding Center and NAYA (the Native American Youth and Family Center) are joining forces to bring York to Portland for performances on March 12 and 13 at Jefferson High School in North Portland. Proceeds from the event will benefit NAYA’s Early College Academy and the ReBuilding Center’s Community Outreach Program.

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

This one-man play is told by York, William Clark’s childhood companion and slave, who accompanied 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, he 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 Spokane Civic theatre on April 29, 2005, 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.