Pearle Harbour’s Chautauqua

Theatre Passe Muraille presents Pearle Harbour's Chautauqua

TPM’s prodigal drag daughter – Pearle Harbour – returns to her home base with her smash hit, Pearle Harbour’s Chautauqua (Audience Choice Award, SummerWorks 2017). Come gather together, under the milky folds of Pearle’s beautiful Tent, to catch your breath, speak your truth, and feel the people power, you betcha! The world may be falling apart, but Pearle will remind you there’s more that unites us than divides us.


Photo by Alex Nirta

Venue: Mainspace

Running Time: 80 minutes

Content Warning: Seating on wooden benches, contact us if you have mobility issues.


Creator/Performer: Justin Miller


Creator/Performer: Justin Miller
Director: Byron Laviolette
Accompaniment: Steven Conway
Dramaturgy: Sandra Balcovske
Production Design: Joseph Pagnan
Lighting Design: Jareth Li
Sound Design: Deanna Choi
Tent: Haley Reap
Stage Manager: Giuseppe Condello
Producers: Rebecca Ballarin and Justin Miller

Wednesday October 17 @ 6:45pm

What is The Preamble? This free pre-show program features Artistic Director Andy McKim in conversation with an artist from the play, or a local expert, to talk about the way in which that piece of theatre is contributing to a broader conversation.

Show your ticket at Tequila Bookworm on the night you attend and get $6 drinks before or after the show!

Sunday October 14 (post-show)

After the performance you are welcome to stay and take part in our  Q&A with some of the cast and/or creative team. Q&A’s are a chance  for you to ask questions or just find out more about the play or the  process of creating the work.

Sunday October 14 @ 2:00pm – Relaxed Performance

These special performances are open to everyone, but the environment is specifically adapted to relax the tradition rules around silence, darkness, and stillness in the audience. They are designed to benefit individuals living with autism or sensory and communication disorders, parents with babes in arms, and anyone who would welcome a more relaxed environment at the theatre. Patrons are allowed to leave their seats and return to them in the middle of the show, the house lights are kept on at a dim setting, loud sound cues are toned down, special effects are explained before the show starts, and all cast and crew members are introduced at the top of the show.

Sunday October 21@ 2:00pm – Audio Described Performance

Audio Described Performances offer partially sighted and blind patrons a companion piece to the shows delivered through an earpiece and a small receiver. The Audio Described Performance will outline the events happening on stage – including relevant sets, costumes, and non verbal actions – in a delivery style that matches the tone and presentation of the play. The scripts for the Audio Described Performance are developed in conjunction with the creative teams at Theatre Passe Muraille, with the goal of giving visually impaired audience members a more immersive experience.

Justin Miller is a Toronto-based theatre artist and drag queen. As his alter-ego—wartime wonder and tragicomedienne Pearle Harbour—he has been called “one of the most welcome additions to Toronto’s performance scene… glamorous, poised, and devastatingly funny” (Xtra). His work has been presented at the SummerWorks Performance Festival, The Second City, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, The Cultch, OUTstages (Intrepid Theatre), the RISER Project (Why Not Theatre/ The Theatre Centre), Opera5, the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, Videofag, the University of Toronto, and countless other theatres, cabarets, and concerts across Canada.

Justin has, somewhat ironically, received a Dora Award-nomination for Outstanding Male Performance, and is a resident artist at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre.

WINNER of the Audience Choice Award, SummerWorks 2017
WINNER of Outstanding Solo Performance, My Entertainment World Critic’s Pick
NOW Best of Fest: Outstanding Play, Outstanding Production, Outstanding Performance, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Design

To find out more about Pearle Harbour check out their website here