Cassel never expected to become an actor. That was until the Canadian Stage Company’s production of Angels in America-Parts 1 & 2. Those productions were like a ten-month training intensive in acting that completely changed his awareness of, and about, acting.
Such awareness proved fruitful during another pivotal career opportunity. The call was for dancers of a certain age with certain life experiences. For two years, Cassel gave life to an experience as ‘Mr. Bojangles’ in the U. S. National Touring production of Fosse. In 2004, Cassel withdrew from professional theatre pursuits and charted a course in hospitality and tourism. That same year, he watched a television documentary that planted a seed of awareness and a light of expectation.
One can take the man out of the theatre, but one cannot take the theatre out of the man. A geographical shift from Toronto to Kingston sparked a renewed interest in theatrical performance. It is now time to tell the story of Josiah Henson: From Slave to Saviour.
Josiah Henson Project
Josiah Henson: From Slave to Saviour is an epic tale of courage and bravery in the face of unimaginable trials. This play tells the improbable story of Josiah Henson-a dynamic, driven man with exceptional intelligence and unyielding principles, who overcame incredible odds to escape from slavery and improve the lives of hundreds of freedmen throughout his long life. He was immortalized by Harriet Beecher Stowe in her 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin and catapulted to international fame, though his story has been lost to history.