Stage Door News

Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville presents the new Canadian play “Josiah” September 8-19

Monday, August 23, 2021

Theatre Orangeville has been telling Canadian stories for 27 years. In that time, our community, our country, and our world has grown and changed. We find ourselves continually faced with new opportunities to share and learn from each other. We are committed to telling the stories of all people; to working with diverse artists and creators to bring stories to our community that will not only entertain, but enlighten and inform our audiences, and celebrate Canadian art, culture and history.

This September we are excited to present Josiah, a collaboration between actor, Cassel Miles, and writer/director, Charles Robertson. 

Josiah is a new Canadian play about the life of Josiah Henson, the “real” Uncle Tom. One man and a bucket bring one incredible story to life. This one-person show engages audiences with a mix of drama, dance and movement to reveal the first chapter of Josiah Henson's life from slavery to freedom. Using excerpts from Josiah Henson’s autobiography and vernacular from the time, Robertson creates a realistic, yet poetic dialogue. “The play takes Henson's own words and spins them into compelling theatre” explains Robertson. In addition to Josiah, there are thirty other characters in the play, all played by Miles.

Josiah Henson defied adversity. Morally brave and resilient, he is a role model. 

Josiah will be live in your outdoor theatre at the beautiful Mount Alverno Luxury Resort from September 8 to 19.

For tickets visit tickets.theatreorangeville.ca.

Photo: Cassel Miles as Josiah Henson. © 2019 Anne Mortensen.