Distant Early Warning
May 17 - 29, 2022

Pearle is a wise, frank dispenser of truths. She’s like Greek tragedy’s Cassandra, as played by Eve Arden.”

— NOW Magazine

a Pearle Harbour + Buddies in Bad Times Theatre production

Not long from now, in the scorched Arctic Circle, a lone and lovesick survivor counts down the days til The Grand Prize Winner – humanity’s last hope – returns. As she waits, she sings. Distant Early Warning is a post-annihilation love story about which warnings we hear, which we ignore, and our enduring hope for a better tomorrow.

Support for Distant Early Warning has been provided by Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Theatre Passe Muraille, Crow’s Theatre.

photo of Pearle Harbour by Dylan Mitro, styling by Vanessa Magic, hair and makeup by Robert Weir

Distant Early Warning runs approximately 115 minutes with no intermission.

Tuesday, May 17 // 8PM (preview)*
Wednesday, May 18 // 8PM (preview)*

Thursday, May 19 // 8PM (opening night)
Friday, May 20 // 8PM
Saturday, May 21 // 8PM
Sunday, May 22 // 2:30PM*

Tuesday, May 24 // 8PM
Wednesday, May 25 // 8PM*
Thursday, May 26 // 8PM
Friday, May 27 // 8PM
Saturday, May 28 // 8PM
Sunday, May 29 // 2:30PM

The capacity for the performance is 72 seats (about 70% of our usual capacity in this setup). Select performances (indicated with a *) will offer a more reduced capacity, with 50 seats available for booking.

Justin Miller // writer + performer
J.W. (John) Turner* // director
Sandra Balcovkse // dramaturge
Giuseppe Condello // stage manager
Rebecca Vandevelde // production manager
Steven Conway // music direction
Chris Ross-Ewart // sound design
Jareth Li // lighting design
Jackie Chau // set design
Julia Howman // projection design
Heath V. Salazar // choreographer
Nick Potter // MoonMist video design
Justin Miller // costume design
Ella Wieckowski // lighting associate
Gabriel Woo // design apprentice
Rebecca Ballarin // producer
Lauren Gillis + Justin Miller // prop fabrication
Karen Hines // consultant

*The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance•Opera•Theatre Policy. 

Relaxed performance

The performance of Distant Early Warning on Sunday, May 22nd (2:30pm) will be a relaxed performance. Relaxed Performances are designed to welcome audience members who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment. Patrons can book $10 tickets in advance using the code “RP10” at checkout.

Deaf-interpreted performance in ASL

The performance of Distant Early Warning on Thursday, May 26th (8pm) will featured ASL-interpretation by Deaf interpreter Jaideep Goray.  Patrons can book $10 tickets in advance using the code “ASL10” at checkout.

If you require assistance booking a ticket, or if the show appears to be sold out, please contact Aidan at aidan@buddiesinbadtimes.com, as we have some tickets held for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons.

Show Guide

Our show guide is a document that includes information on what you can expect when you get here.

Click here to see the show guide.

Pearle Harbour is a multi-award-winning drag clown who’s been called “one of the most thoughtful and engaging performance artists around” (NOW Magazine).

Her gonzo original works have been featured on the CBC, published in Canadian Theatre Review, and toured across Canada to rave critical and audience response, including the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, the High Performance Rodeo, SummerWorks, The Cultch, the Yukon Arts Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille, OUTstages, The Second City, the Next Stage Theatre Festival, and countless other festivals, cabarets, and clubs.

Selected accolades include Audience Choice Award (SummerWorks), Outstanding Solo Performance (My Entertainment World), Dora Mavor-Moore Award nominations for Outstanding Performance and Costume Design, and the Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund Award for Canadian Theatre Performer.

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Dates & Times

May 17+18

Show run
May 19-29
Tue-Sat 8PM
Sun 2:30PM

Ticket prices

Sliding scale
$10/ $20/$40

Please note that we continue to ask all patrons, artists, and staff, to provide proof of vaccination and to mask while in the space.

For more information on our COVID safety measures, including our vaccination policy, click here.