Canary in a Gold Mine



Written & Performed by Jonathan Mirin
Directed by Deanna Fleysher
Sound Design & Stream Engineering by M Florian Staab
Video Editing by Brendan Leowolf  & Hannah Brookman
Video Footage by Douglas Mason

A Pre-Valentine’s Treat
ONLINE: February 11-13, 2022 | Fri. & Sat at 7:30 pm, EST | Sun. at 3:00 pm, EST
Captions Available.

Live, online post-show discussions with collaborators & guest experts will follow each online performance.

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.

 “Mirin is a performer with energy to burn.” –  Scroll down to see a video trailer.


For best quality video and sound, this event will be held using Vimeo. You do not need a Vimeo account.  2 hours before showtime, all who purchased tickets will be emailed a link giving you access to the performance. You will be able to comment and pose questions during the post-show via a chat function.

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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.

Additional information


ONLINE, Fri. February 11 at 7:30 pm EST, ONLINE, Sat. February 12 at 7:30pm, EST, ONLINE, Sun. February 13 at 3:00 pm, EST

Ticket Type

Patron Price $32 (includes $2 handling Fee) THANK YOU SO MUCH!, Standard Price $22 (includes $2 handling fee), Discounted Price $11 (includes $1 handling fee) Suggested for those with SNAP/EBT cards, on unemployment, or with income affected by COVID

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