CANARY IN A GOLD MINE – Video-on-Demand



Written & Performed by Jonathan Mirin
Directed by Deanna Fleysher
Sound Design & Stream Engineering by M Florian Staab
Video Editing by Brendan Leowolf  with Hannah Brookman
Video Footage by Douglas Mason
Producer/Outside Eye: Sabrina Hamilton

Now available on demand directly from the Piti Theater website:
Captions Available in English or French.  “G-Rated” – but suggested for ages 12 and up.

Locked down during COVID and desperate to make theatre, Piti Theatre’s Jonathan Mirin turns the camera on . . . himself, telling the story of the mysterious symptoms his life and production partner Godeliève began experiencing a decade ago. Increasingly unable to leave the house and take care of their new baby, the couple contends with the growing likelihood that her illness is environmental – and inescapable. Godeliève‘s severe neurological symptoms are triggered by exposure to the wireless radiation that the rest of society is passionately embracing to connect devices and upload cat videos. As her electro-hypersensitivity (EHS), (a.k.a. “microwave sickness.”) worsened, Mirin found himself compelled to become a public health advocate, activist & petitioner in a landmark legal case against the FCC.

Canary in a Goldmine is highly entertaining. As Mirin puts it, “It’s just like theatre…only flatter,” turning what could be an earnest public health lecture into a compelling dive into the opposing forces of corporate profit vs. public safety.

When people come to the live theater events at KoFest, they encounter a lobby display that has lots of background information on the artists and on the issues and ideas raised in the performance. Since we’re not in person for this event, Jonathan Mirin has made a Virtual Resource Page as an extra treat for you! You can visit it here

Post-show discussions were held after each of the 3 live-streamings. Hosted by Ko’s Sabrina Hamilton, they featured Jonathan Mirin and panels of guest experts. See panelist bios and schedule here.  As soon as they become available, links to these will be available on that same Virtual Resource Page

 “Mirin is a performer with energy to burn.” –

Scroll down to see a video trailer.

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JONATHAN MIRIN‘s plays have been performed in New York, regionally and internationally. His performance in Riding the was nominated for a 2004 and 2008 Independent Reviewers of New England for Best Solo Performance, Small Company. In 2014, he received an award from Club Passim’s Iguana Fund for the songs he’s written with Piti Theatre’s musician-in-residence Carrie Ferguson. He has also received the Children’s Theater Foundation of America’s Aurand Harris Fellowship and is a two-time finalist for the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Heidemann Award.

Jonathan has taught dramatic writing for Boston University, New England Youth Theatre, Boston Arts Academy, and Creative Arts at Park. He has led residencies and created new work with children and teens in schools around New England. Over the last decade he has launched Piti programs like “Bee Week”, “Your Town” and “Valley Playwright Mentoring.” In 2020, Piti co-founded a new initiative called Valley Arts Mentors in collaboration with Holyoke Media and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College, The Neighborhood Playhouse, and he received a Master’s Degree from Boston University’s Creative Writing Program.

Jonathan has integrated his theatre background with training and consulting work for the Central Park Conservancy, Power & Systems, The Leadership Program in the New York City Public Schools, World Education, and other organizations. He co-founded Piti Theatre Company with his production and life partner, Godeliève Richard, in 2004.

DEANNA FLEYSHER is a comedy artist, teacher and director devoted to audience inclusion. She created Foreplay, an erotic improv comedy show that ran for a year at the People’s Improv Theater in NY and was featured at the Chicago Improv Festival. She created, produced and starred in Kill Me Loudly: A Clown Noir and The Kapinski Private Eye Academy at the NY Clown Theatre Festival. She created the Naked Comedy Lab, a workshop for training in interactive/immersive comedy and clown/bouffon. She is the director and co-writer of Red Bastard, the internationally acclaimed bouffon show. Currently, she tours her award-winning solo show BUTT KAPINSKI and teaches Naked Comedy labs in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and around the world.

M. FLORIAN STAAB is a German-American Composer and Sound Designer. His work has been heard in over two hundred productions including peformances for the Public Theater, the Irish Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, City Theatre Pittsburgh, the Mint Theater Company, the Pearl Theatre Company, and the Metropolitan Museum. He is an associate artist with Sinking Ship Productions and the resident sound designer at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Staab cares deeply about civil rights, especially queer rights, and is the co-chair of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA).

HANNAH BROOKMAN  (videographer) is an artist and filmmaker living and working in Franklin County MA. She is an editor at the Montague Community Television station, an after school teacher for the Greenfield Center School, and is the president of Looky Here, an all ages community arts space.

DOUGLAS MASON (videographer) has been a photographer for 45 years, and has worked on scientific, cultural, and historic documentation for over 25 years. In 2017, with AECOM and the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project, he developed a rapid documentation process using aerial drone and 3D scanning to record existing structures and landscapes. Over the past ten years, he has worked in India documenting diverse subjects such as Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt March, the Ajanta Caves, the Jethian Valley, where Buddha lived in Bihar, the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bihar, the Pilgrimage routes of India and the ancient cities of Varanasi and Kolkata. From 1994 to 1998 he worked with a team in Central America to document and map hundreds of ancient Mayan sites, and to create a diverse curriculum for school children in the United States and abroad. At present he works locally documenting historic buildings, homes, art exhibits and landscapes with the use of traditional photography, aerial drone and 3D scanning. He continues to explore and study cutting edge technologies and their application in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional documentation.

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