Written and directed by : Anthony Sherwood
100th Anniversary: 1912 - 2012
One of the most intriguing stories that have surfaced from the sinking of the Titanic.
Titanic: The Untold Story is a play that confronts fact with legend. Joseph Laroche, a man of Haitian descent, was the only Black person to sail aboard the Titanic. There is also a legend that the heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Johnson, was refused passage aboard the Titanic. As Laroche and Johnson tell their stories, there is an intense inter-play between the two characters, each one challenging the other’s actions in life. The two men couldn’t be more different. Laroche is an engineer, an academic with reason backed by science. Johnson is a loud braggart who thinks with his fists. The two men square off in a fight defending their actions, morals and ideas. It is a play laden with fierce verbal battles, quick wit and startling information about two black men and their relationship with the most famous ship in the world.
ANTHONY SHERWOOD – Writer & Director
Anthony Sherwood was born in Halifax and is a fifth generation Nova Scotian. Sherwood is one of Canada's most successful black actors and black documentary filmmakers whose career spans over thirty-five years in stage, television and motion pictures and has received national and international recognition for his work. The performing arts are a part of his family tradition. Five of Anthony‟s siblings are musical performers and his aunt was the great Nova Scotian opera star, Portia White. Anthony has acted with such stars as Henry Fonda, Sidney Poitier, Martin Sheen,Burt Reynolds, Leslie Neilsen, Lou Gossett Jr., Megan Fox, Kathleen Turner, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Reeves and as Jessica Alba‟s father in the film, “Honey”. Sherwood has worked with such illustrious Hollywood film directors as Sidney Lumet (nominated for 5 Oscars), Ted Kotcheff (executive producer of “Law & Order”) and Michael Crichton, (creator/writer “ER” and “Jurassic Park”).
Sherwood began his acting career on stage and started in musical theatre. He starred in such musicals as Cabaret, Ain‟t Misbehavin‟, “Razz „M Jazz, “The Music Man” and recently performed in the hit stage musical “Dreamgirls” at the Grand Theatre in London. His acting stage credits include; Streamers, Ceremonies In Dark Old Men, The Caretaker, American Buffalo and The River Niger. He has acted in over sixty television and film projects. For five seasons he portrayed the character of Dillon Beck on the CBC award-winning television drama, Street Legal. Anthony Sherwood has written and directed for the stage as well including original musical productions, Ain‟t Got No Money, in Vancouver, Once Upon A Stage and Razz M` Jazz in Montreal, and But I Was Cool in Toronto. Most recently Mr. Sherwood has developed educational plays for Black History Month, including “William Hall” which was presented to schools in Toronto and Halifax and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
Anthony Sherwood is also a successful documentary filmmaker. His documentary film, “Honour Before Glory” won a Gemini Award (Canada‟s most prestigious television award) and a prize at the Hollywood Black Film Festival in Los Angeles. His musical documentary “Music – A Family Tradition” won a Gemini Award and was nominated for an International Emmy Award. His documentary “100 Years of Faith” is the story of one of Canada‟s oldest black churches and was featured at the Caribbean International Film Festival in Barbados in 2008. Anthony Sherwood is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Achievement Award, the Planet Africa Award and the Harry Jerome Award.