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Distant Early Warning
Spring 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 fanatic group of survivors gathers around the planet’s last standing radar dish. Above them, from low Earth orbit, the Grand Prize Winner sends prophetic warnings about the survivors’ forgotten history, while their leader plots her escape. Distant Early Warning is a climate-fiction musical spectacle about the irresistible cycles of hope, memory, and violence.

With attention to ongoing COVID restrictions, dates and ticketing information will be released this winter.

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

Justin Miller // writer
John Turner // director
Sandra Balcovkse // dramaturge
Giuseppe Condello // stage manager
Steven Conway // musical director
Christopher Ross-Ewart // sound design
Jareth Li // lighting design
Emma & Sara Bortolon-Vettor // music dramaturgy
Alaine Hutton // movement dramaturgy
Karen Hines // artistic consultant

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.