It was simply wonderful. Amazing piece of theatre.
Cassel Miles gives a remarkable performance as Josiah Henson, a man that spent forty years as a slave before escaping to Canada.
Congratulations and thank you to Cassel Miles, Charles Gordon Robertson and Anne Mortensen for a wonderful evening of theatre! Cassel Miles is incredible!
Absolutely fabulous! Thank you so much. I know/knew very little about Josiah Henson, so now I’m going to have to do some reading.
Last night I was privileged to see the incredible one man show “Josiah Henson” at the Baby Grand. Not only is the story a sobering reminder of the fate of the slaves in the US, but a story of hope and determination. Beautifully written dialog, incredibly performed, totally enthralling…don’t miss it.
Fantastic show last night. The addition of dance/rhythmic movement was brilliant. It wasn’t overpowering, and it didn’t draw me out of the story in the least...in fact, it enhanced it. Just amazing.
Cassel’s multiple characterizations were spot on. Each character was distinct. The transitions from character to character were seamless - I think I’d mentioned that at the previous workshop. I love that there were no theatrics around the transitions...no “look how hard I’m acting” moments. It was engaging and wonderful. Cassel made it look easy. Seriously, it was like watching a world-class figure skater land a quad, or watching stadium jumping at Spruce Meadows or watching Tiger Woods in his heyday.
I thought Cassel’s performance was immaculate, virtuosic—very well moved and very well spoken. He was completely in charge of it, deftly supported by admirably minimal production elements—great sound track, well operated. Seems to me the show, as is, would work well on any size stage and would please a significant percentage of serious theatergoers.
Henson spent forty-two years in bondage and daringly escaped with his wife and four young children, carrying the youngest two on his broken shoulders for 600 miles, eventually settling with his family as a free man across the border in Canada. Once there, Henson returned and rescued 118 more slaves, including his own brother, and purchased land to build what would become one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad, a 500-person freeman settlement called Dawn. Who Was He?Josiah Henson: From Slave to Saviour, uses a mix of dance, drama and movement to radiate his story. The play begins with the first chapter of his story; his incredible life as a slave.