"I laughed. I cried. I called my friends." (Minneapolis-St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Keep Frozen: Pochsy Productions presents the award-winning stage and screen works of cult comedienne Karen Hines (a.k.a. Pochsy). Hines's trans-genre black comedies have traveled the globe, winning her a loyal following and international critical acclaim. From Dawson to Boston, Louisville to Kuala Lumpur, Pochsy's toxic musings on modern life have charmed and horrified and cemented her reputation as "one of the gems of Canadian theatre." (Toronto Star)

"Ingenious, acidic comedy" (The Globe and Mail)

"Wicked, original and superb" (Denver Rocky Mountain News)

"A miracle of bitter hope." (Eye)

"Hingehen!" (Abendzeitung)


Pochsy Productions is currently on brief hiatus for the launching of:



Shortlisted for the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama

Winner of Calgary's Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play

Winner of the Calgary Critics' Award for Best New Play

Official Selection: Germany's 'Neue Theaterstücke aus Kanada' National Competition

Drama: Pilot Episode
Design: Peter Moller - Coach House Books

"Energy soars in Pilot Episode." (Calgary Sun)

"Great theatre of souls." (Alberta Views)

"A twisted and consistently quotable satire." (The Globe and Mail)

"A magnificent play." (Calgary Herald)

Dr. Penelope Douglas is an ex-forensic psychiatrist looking for a fresh start in a styling western boomtown, but on her first day practicing in her boutique suite, a young television writer hangs himself in her subway-tiled bathroom. A dissection of contemporary television drama through the eyes of the dead writer reveals to Penelope an unsettling connection between the forty-four-minute television hour and the disintegration of the human soul. It isn’t until Penelope’s oil wife friend pronounces Penelope her unborn baby’s godmother that Dr. Douglas dives into the waters of her own unconscious to break the spell that has the frontier in its filthy grip.



"Remarkable. We go from chic to cheek, from satire to melodrama ... from soul of the mind to spirit in the veins ... A magnificent play." (Five Stars – Calgary Herald) Read the Full Herald Review

"I can't imagine a person in the Western world who would be left untouched by the great drama of souls Hines creates here." Read the Alberta Views Book Review.

Read Avenue Magazine's piece on Calgary's new star player and her 'razor sharp wit.'

Read The Globe & Mail's profile about Hines' 'piercing' new play.

See the collected reviews and features on "Drama" HERE




  • Coach House Books Publishes "DRAMA: Pilot Episode." Read more HERE (or buy the book).

In Development:

  • Crazy Like a Girl (Screenplay) - Canada Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • Criticism (Stage Play)
  • ILK (Stage Play)


  • Pochsy Productions currently in production for the third in the Pochsy trilogy of Films: "Anagram of Pochsy" - wrapping soon in Alberta and on Manitoulin Island.
Photo still by Benny Zenga, Karen Hines as Pochsy