HAWAII FIVE-G: Canary in the Gold Mine


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Written and performed by Jonathan Mirin
Directed by Deanna Fleysher
Sound Design & Stream Engineering by M Florian Staab
Videography by Hannah Brookman

ONLINE: NOVEMBER 12-14 | Fri. & Sat at 8pm, EST | Sun. at 4pm, EST

Live, online post-show discussions with collaborators & guest experts, hosted by Trenda Loftin, follow each online performance.

Hawaii Five-G was sparked by the appearance of mysterious symptoms, as performer Jonathan Mirin’s partner became increasingly sickened by electro-hypersensitivity (EHS), a.k.a. “microwave sickness.” As her condition worsened, Mirin found himself compelled to become a public health advocate, activist & petitioner in a landmark legal case against the FCC.

The production is highly theatrical and employs many of the tricks and techniques theatre makers have been devising in this COVID-driven age of “Zoom Theatre.” Desperate to make theatre during the pandemic, Mirin raids his son’s Lego stash and creates a series of appropriately tiny Hawaii Five-O sets. His parody of the hit 70’s crime series is an eco-justice drama called Hawaii Five-G. The pandemic Lego movie goes viral, bringing nations together to re-imagine a future where even Monsanto re-structures as a non-profit. When faced with impossible odds, can humor, love and pieces of interlocking plastic prevent catastrophe?

Mirin’s mockumentary is like theatre…but flatter, turning what could be an earnest public health lecture into a fun and compelling dive into the opposing forces of corporate profit vs. public safety.

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


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.

SKU: H-5G Category:



JONATHAN MIRIN‘s plays have been performed in New York, regionally and internationally. His performance in Riding the Wave.com 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. November 12 at 8pm EST, ONLINE, Sat. November 13 at 8pm, EST, ONLINE, Sun. November 14 at 4pm, EST

Ticket Type

Patron Price $32 (includes $2 handling Fee) THANK YOU SO MUCH!, Standard Price $22 (includes $2 handling fee), Discounted Price $10 Suggested for those with SNAP/EBT cards, on unemployment, or with income affected by COVID

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