York

by

David Casteal & Bryan Harnetiaux


(Copyright 2005, revised 2016)

 Production Team

Director……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…Susan Hardie

York………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. David Casteal

 
This play is performed without an intermission

The Story
The Lewis and Clark Expedition left St. Louis in the Spring of 1804 and returned in the Fall of 1806. This story portrays York from age four through five years after the Expedition.

York premiered at the Spokane Civic Theatre’s Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre April 29, 2005, performed by David Casteal and directed by Susan Hardie.
 
The Drum Recordings
The traditional American Indian drum recordings used in York are by Gary Fox (Lead Singer for Bull Lodge Group) of the Gros-Ventre Nation, and Gloria Fox, Keeper of the Songs of the Gros-Ventre Nation.  The traditional African drum recordings used in York are by David Casteal, joined by

Jessica Cloyd, Kelly Henthorn, Alyssa Lotze, Carissa Nevers, Jade Schubach, Sara Weeden, and

Minh Tran.  The sound recordings for York were produced by Dan Mortimore of Mortimore Productions, Inc. of Spokane, WA. 


Special Thanks

            Spokane Civic Theatre

            York graphic designed by artist David Clemons, Coeur d’Alene, ID

production photos taken by Northern Exposure, Spokane, WA

Bio photos taken by Chris Wooley - Heads and Tails Photo, Spokane, WA

Original costume design & construction by Susan Berger

Beau Wilkerson, Sound Technician

Technical Assistance by Peter Hardie, Spokane WA

 Inquiries About Bookings     

            For inquiries about hosting a performance of York please contact Shawna Nicholson,      Administrative Liaison for David Casteal at nicholsonhome@comcast.net

 
David Casteal - (Actor/Co-Collaborator) is an accomplished performer. His roles at Spokane Civic Theatre have included Jackie Robinson in the Studio Theatre production of Bryan’s National Pastime (1998), Bobby Alexander in the Studio production of Bryan's Holding On~Letting Go (2017), Lyons in Fences, and Husband in The Old Settler, as well as the title character in York. David reprised the role of Jackie Robinson in the 2003 Onyx Theatre Troupe production of National Pastime, and was a co-recipient of the Best Actor Award in Onyx’s production of National Pastime at the American Association of Community Theatres (AACT) 2003 Washington State and Region IX competitions.  He was named Best Male Actor of the 2004-05 Spokane theatre season by The Inlander, a Spokane weekly newspaper, for his portrayal of York. In 2010, David played the role of Henry Brown in Race at Spokane's Intereplayers theatre. He also played The Stable Buck in The Modern Theatre's 2011 Production of Of Mice and Men. David studied West African drumming in Mali, Ghana, Guinea, and Uganda and has taught drumming for many years. David is originally from Florida. He played football for and graduated from the University of Alabama, and holds a Ph.D in ethnomusicology. He is the Founder and Director of the student drum ensemble KuUmba, which performed throughout the Northwest. David lives in Spokane with his wife Candace and their daughter Ava. He teaches sixth grade at Cooper Elementary School.

 Susan Hardie - (Director) has directed or appeared in scores of productions throughout Spokane, including directing the original 2005 production of York at Spokane Civic Theatre.  Other directing projects include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frost/Nixon, and 2013 AACT State Festival winner, The Turn of the Screw - all at Spokane Civic Theatre - as well as All My Sons and These Shining Lives at Whitworth University.  Performances include Bryan Harnetiaux’s Holding On~Letting Go, The Cemetery Club, and the national award-winning Getting Out.  Susan hails from New York, where she received her B.A. in Theatre/English.

 Bryan Harnetiaux - (Playwright/Co-Collaborator) has been Playwright-in Residence at Spokane Civic Theatre since 1982. He has written over 40 plays,13 of which have been published. These include stage adaptations of Ernest Hemingway’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Killers, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s Long Walk to Forever.  Bryan’s work has been produced throughout the country in educational, community theater, and professional venues. His play Holding On~Letting Go, the last in his cycle of plays on end-of-life, premiered at Fremont Center Theatre, an Equity-waiver theatre in South Pasadena California, and was a Main Stage production at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem N.C. It was featured in the Civic’s 2016-17 Studio Theatre season. Bryan lives in Spokane with his wife Sue Ann.Type your paragraph here.

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