MEDIA RELEASE | Toronto, Ontario – July 7, 2015 –
David Ferry, Artistic Director of Appledore Productions, announced today that a second week of performances has been added to the run of The Postman.
Tickets cost $13 and are available at the www.thepostmanwalks.bpt.me. Seven new shows have been added: July 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 at 7 p.m., as well as July 26 at 2 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. On the day before the performance, ticketholders will receive a detailed email with the location of the meeting point for the following day’s performance. All performances will be in the neighbourhoods around Bloor and Bathurst streets in Toronto.
Commissioned by PANAMANIA presented by CIBC, The Postman tells the extraordinary story of Albert Jackson, Canada’s first Black postman. It features original texts by Joseph Pierre, Lisa Codrington, Andrew Moodie, Leah-‐Simone Bowen, Sugith Varughese, David Ferry, and Roy Lewis; and original music by Saidah Baba Talibah and Brooke Blackburn. This all-‐ages site-‐specific theatre production is performed from porches along Jackson’s delivery route in Toronto’s Harbord Village and Palmerston area.
Albert Jackson (1856-‐1918), the youngest of nine children, was born a slave in Milford, Delaware. After his two eldest siblings were sold to another master in 1858, and the death of his father, his mother, Ann Maria Jackson, gathered her remaining seven children, and travelled the 400-‐kilometre journey along the Underground Railroad to St. Catharines, Ontario. Once in Canada, the Jackson family moved to Toronto, where Albert grew up, eventually applying to the Postal Service in May 1882. Although accepted, his appointment met with protest by his white co-‐workers who refused to train or work with him. It took the intervention of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, to see Albert Jackson posted to the job of letter carrier. He would hold that position until his death in 1918.
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