Canary in the Gold Mine or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love 5G

"Very funny . . . Mirin is a performer with energy to burn." –

Boston, 2010: Godeliève, a new mom, becomes dizzy. Two sleepless years later, a wise old woman says "it could be the wireless." What happens when there's nowhere to go? Comedic, urgent autobiography from inside the coal, er, gold mine.

"Truly insightful! Jonathan introduces a crucial conversation . . . A welcome comedic relief . . . " - Nichola Lake, Boulder

"I had never heard of wireless causing health effects and this show was a great introduction to the issue. I'm going to look into ways to protect myself." - Rhonda W., Greenfield, MA

"Canary in the Gold Mine raises significant health concerns which most of us may be unaware of as we rush headlong into a 5G world. Jonathan Mirin is an engaging performer who addresses these issues while keeping his audience entertained." - John Peet, Regina, Canada

Canary in the Gold Mine is a new solo show by Piti Theatre co-founding Artistic Director Jonathan Mirin inspired by his wife and production partner Godeliève Richard's experience with electro-hypersensitivity (aka "microwave sickness.")

Tour Schedule

Our spring/summer tour plans have been interruped by COVID-19.

The world premiere is now scheduled for the Ko Festival in July, 2021 with preview performances beginning in winter, 2020.

A video teaser/excerpt will be part of the Toronto Fringe Collective Online Festival, July 1 - 12, 2020 during one of their 3 day segments.

Toronto Fringe Collective
July 1 - 12
, 2020

Ko Festival of Performance
July, 2021
World Premiere in Amherst, MA | Tickets on sale in June, 2021>

Newton Free Library
TBA, winter 2021
Newton, MA | Free Performance

Jonathan's previous solos 28 FEET and Riding the have toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.

The performance can be combined with:

  • a talkback with Jonathan and/or experts in the field designed to encourage collective reflection on the themes of the show
  • a storytelling workshop led by Jonathan designed to help environmental illness sufferers, medical professionals, caregivers, journalists and others craft more impactful presentations for politicians, the media, the telecom industry, and your community.

Goals for this performance...


Create a safe space for the audience to experience emotions around environmental illness that have not been fully expressed or understood.


Increase community engagement and advocacy: the show will help put a human face on what can feel like a dizzying array of statistics and diagnoses.


Generate media coverage: Journalists have consistently addressed issues like EMF and pesticides through the lens of Piti Theatre performances. Piti's work has been featured in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, The San Jose Mercury News and many regional and local publications, TV stations, blogs, etc.


Fringe Theatre Festivals

Canandian Fringe Festivals

Regina International Fringe Theatre Festival
Regina, Saskatchewan
July 10–July 14, 2019

Calgary Fringe Festival
Calgary, Alberta
August 2–August 10, 2019

Sample Poster
Sample Poster

Hosting a Performance

The performance is currently available to be scheduled in your local theatre, library, town hall, conference, or living room as a staged reading and/or full performance.

If you have any questions about the production, contact us using the form below or call (508) 439–2069.

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Reviews & Reactions to previous solos 28 FEET and Riding the

“Mirin manages to find comedy in his struggle as he bounces between 20 different characters during this celebrated hourlong production.”

– Boston Magazine, “7 Events Worth Your Time This Month”

“There’s nothing funny about chronic illness….yet a little bit of laughter might just be a dose of the best medicine. Operating within the boundaries defined by those two sentiments is Jonathan Mirin, armed with his poignant and very funny one-man show.”

– Jon Potter, Brattleboro Reformer

"Very funny . . . Mirin is a performer with energy to burn."


“Mirin manages to make the story universal, not just his own…a warm and winning chronicle about self-knowledge, growth, and the complex quest for health.”

– Jules Becker, The Jewish Advocate

On Jonathan's Workshops

“I particularly enjoyed the work on body language, details and ways we can adjust a story for an audience.”

– Dan Bahls, Staff Attorney, Community Legal Aid, Springfield, Massachusetts

“Extremely useful – [made me] think about organizational dynamics in new ways.”

- Joan Whitaker, Director, Action for Boston Community Development Health Services

“Jonathan brings a rare combination of gifts: theater arts, meditation, organization behavior, and just plain common sense . . . [he] has written plays and scenarios dramatically illuminating organizational issues.”

- Barry Oshry, Chief Theoretical Officer, Power and Systems

About Jonathan Mirin

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.

His solo performance about growing up with Crohn's disease, 28 FEET, was widely acclaimed by audiences and critics.

In 2014, he launched Piti Theatre's Bee Week program, promoting pollinator health and wireless reduction efforts in communities around New England.

Jonathan has integrated his theatre background with training and consulting work for The Central Park Conservancy, Power & Systems, European Organization Design Forum, the New York City Public Schools, World Education, and other organizations.