Chautauqua

JUNE 17-21, 2020

An old-time tent revival for our post-truth world.

Green Light Arts presents Pearle Harbour’s Chautauqua (“shh - tock - wah”).

Let’s be honest with each other: how are you doing? Are you behind on your emails? Are you worried? Afraid? Lost?

You are not alone. And all are invited to Pearle Harbour's Chautauqua, where connection is the cure for what ails ya. Gather under the milky folds of our beautiful Tent. Be sheltered from the inharmony of these tough times. Catch your breath. Speak your Truth. Feeeeel the People Power, you betcha!

Chautauqua is a multi-award-winning, immersive extravaganza: part cabaret, part tragicomedy, part tent revival. There's music, sing-a-longs, puppet shows, and even an exorcism! The world may be falling apart, but Pearle will show you that there's more that unites us than divides us.

"So what is a good old-fashioned Chautauqua? ...I could tell you how we used t be born into communities, and we had to make an individual of ourselves... but these days, you come into the world completely and utterly individual, and you have t struggle to find community." -- Pearle Harbour
 


Awards

  • WINNER: AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD, SummerWorks FESTIVAL

  • WINNER: OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE, My Entertainment World

  • WINNER: OUTSTANDING PLAY, OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION, OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE, OUTSTANDING DIRECTION, OUTSTANDING DESIGN DESIGN, NOW MAGAZINE

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Reviews

A+++++++, My Entertainment World:
"This is everything I want to see, everything I want hear, everything I want to be."

NNNN, Critic’s Pick, NOW Magazine:
"Who knew that a show performed by a drag queen in a recreation of an old-time tent revival could
act as a balm for souls anxiously living in an age of economic, ecological and political uncertainty?
And while many shows employ audience interaction and participation, this is one of the few
I've seen where the practice encourages a sense of community healing and togetherness."

3 stars (of 4), Toronto Star:
“Her followers were putty in her hand.”

My Gay Toronto:
“A divine creation… drag as exultant down and dirty clowning. Pearle flirts, quips, and interacts with
the audience in a way that is extraordinarily intimate…  I was unprepared for the intensity of her comic vision.”

Life With More Cowbell:
“Engaging, entertaining, enlightening… It’s just the thing we need right now.”

Mooney On Theatre:
"Genius... with stage presence like that — I would believe pretty much anything this woman told me."

ARTS VOX:
"While Harbour is always in commanding control of the proceedings, the heart of the performance is in her impeccably effortless interaction with the audience (as a whole and with individual members)... Miller is masterful to watch."

Torontoist:
“It’s ready to be rolled up and transported anywhere Miller and co. are willing to take it.”


Creative Team

Written and Performed by Justin Miller
Directed by Byron Laviolette with Rebecca Ballarin
Accompaniment and Composition by Steven Conway
Dramaturgy by Sandra Balcovske
Sound Design and Composition by Deanna H. Choi
Production Design by Joe Pagnan
Tent by Haley Reap
Puppets by Jesse Byiers
Lighting Design by Jareth Li

Tickets

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ONLINE
$20 | General Admission (plus HST)
$15 | Students* and Seniors* (65+) (plus HST)

AT THE DOOR
$25 | General Admission (plus HST)
$20 | Students* and Seniors* (65+) (plus HST)

* please bring photo I.D. with you to the box office

PLEASE NOTE: The Green Light Arts box office is open one hour before performances for in-person sales at the Conrad Centre. We accept cash, debit and credit cards.
We recommend purchasing your tickets online (through Ticketscene.ca) and in-advance to get the performance you want and to take advantage of our discounted online ticket price!

Show Schedule

Wed. June 17 | 7:30pm
Thurs. June 18, 2020 | 7:30pm
Fri. June 19, 2020 | 7:30pm
Sat. June 20, 2020 | 7:30pm
Sun. June 21, 2020 | 2:00pm

Venue

The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts
36 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3

Parking

Transit

Closest LRT stops to the Conrad Centre are KITCHENER CITY HALL STATION, FREDERICK STATION, and QUEEN STATION

 
Photo courtesy of the GRT Website

Photo courtesy of the GRT Website

Accessibility

The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts is equipped with an accessible front entrance off King Street (power doors) and an elevator in the lobby to accommodate persons requiring mobility assistance. Guide dogs or other service animals are welcome. We welcome all patrons with disabilities, and those who are accompanied by a support person. Support persons accompanying a ticket holder with a disability will receive a complimentary ticket. Please contact Carin Lowerison (email: carin@greenlight-arts.com | phone: 226-444-8011) to coordinate the details of your visit.


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