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EMF Studies

21 April 2016

International Touring Show Is the World's First Theatrical Treatment of Electrosmog

Jonathan Mirin as Innocenzo
Piti Theatre Company to perform Boston area premiere of all ages musical-clown performance "Innocenzo" at Framingham Earth Day Festival, Saturday April 30 at noon.

International touring show is the world's first theatrical treatment of electrosmog
Contact:  Jonathan – 413-625-6569
19 April 2016

In 2010, Godeliève Richard, a Swiss dancer and choreographer who had married an American actor and playwright named Jonathan Mirin, fell ill in an apartment in Boston. She was taken to the emergency room with nausea and dizziness, treated for dehydration and diagnosed with a possible virus. The couple drove back to their home in Shelburne Falls, MA the next morning and soon began making the rounds of doctors and specialists in the western part of the state because the dizziness simply did not go away and a range of other debilitating symptoms settled in.

Three years later, at a clinic in Switzerland, Ms. Richard was diagnosed with electro-hypersensitivity or EHS, a syndrome known under various names since the 1930's when it was first described in a German medical journal as "radio wave sickness." Ms. Richard had many of the hallmark symptoms including headache, fatigue, dizziness, sleep difficulties, tinnitus and memory/concentration difficulties.

The couple immediately installed a protective system in their home to deal with the cordless phone signal from neighbors and surrounding cell towers. Mr. Mirin gave up his cell phone and they began using a wired connection for their laptop. After three years of feeling terrible, Ms. Richard's symptoms disappeared within a few weeks - except when she left the apartment and was exposed again to "non-ionizing" (non-heating) microwave radiation.

Given their theatrical background, they soon decided that this was an experience that needed to be shared, particularly with families. The American Academy of Pediatrics called on the Federal Communication Commission in 2013 to revise their exposure standards, writing "Children are not little adults and are disproportionately impacted by all environmental exposures, including cell phone radiation. Current FCC standards do not account for the unique vulnerability and use patterns specific to pregnant women and children."

In 2015, Mirin and Richard's Piti Theatre Company premiered "Innocenzo", their all ages musical tale about a clown struggling to survive in the 21st century, touring around Western MA and in Switzerland with a French version. They also became friends with Chuck Matzker, a Framingham resident who has advocated for reducing children's exposure in local schools after his child began coming home with headaches following the installation of a commercial strength school wide wi-fi system in Framingham's middle school. Mr. Matzker and other local people working on this issue, including Ashland's Cece Doucette, who pioneered the first "mobile device best practices" policy in the country for the Ashland Public School system will be available at a booth throughout the day to answer questions. The free performance starts at noon and is funded in part by the Framingham Cultural Council. Video clips and more at www.ptco.org/innocenzo

Piti Theatre Company's "Innocenzo" Innocenzo blends live music, humor and magic to tell the tale of a clown struggling to survive in the 21st century. After visiting many doctors and healers unable to explain his bewildering symptoms, he finally understands his illness is being caused by electromagnetic pollution and begins to heal. The story is inspired by the real life experience of its’ co-creator Godeliève Richard. This is a free performance for all ages. More atwww.ptco.org/innocenzo

Spring – Summer 2016 Massachusetts Tour

Saturday, April 16, Amherst Sustainability Festival, Amherst Town Common, 10 am (Free performance, donations accepted)

Saturday, April 30, Framingham Earth Day Festival, Framingham Town Common, Framingham, MA at noon (Free performance, donations accepted)

Saturday, June 4, Katherine Cornell Theater, Tisbury (Martha’s Vineyard), Time TBA

Tickets: $10 / $5 children 12 and under. Reservations: info”at”ptco.org, (413) 625-6569

About Piti Theatre Co.

Piti Theatre Company is based in Shelburne Falls, MA and Les Ponts-de-Martel Switzerland. Piti (pronounced "pea-tea") is an ancient Indian (Pali) word which can be translated as joy or rapture. The company’s mission is to create new work for the stage which lends itself to the happiness of artists and audiences. The company was founded in 2004 by a husband and wife team, Godeliève Richard and Jonathan Mirin. Richard is a Swiss dancer, choreographer, director and designer. Mirin is an American playwright, actor and director. Piti has been nominated for two Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) awards. Upcoming projects include "Bee Week: Greenfield" starting June 4.  More at www.ptco.org/beeweek


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