Paul Zimet presents Bitterroot, with original music by Peter Gordon. This new music-theater work is about Meriwether Lewis and the Corps of Discovery -- a quintessential American adventure performed by the celebrated Talking Band. He was at once idealistic, ingenious, confident, courageous, racist, and arrogant. On his return from the triumphant expedition he became, at a young age, as famous as a modern day rock star, but he soon succumbed to alcohol and drugs. He died, a probable suicide, three years after the Lewis and Clark expedition ended. The contradictions in Lewis, in his motives and legacy, haunt them as they continue to haunt us now.