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"A miracle of bitter hope... Hines has tapped into the confusion and alienation unique to our age and mined a work of gossamer charm and deadly power." – Simon Houpt, Eye, Toronto

PochsyPochsy Productions was founded in 1992 for the company's first show, Pochsy's Lips, which won Pochsy a loyal cult following, and went on to play theatres and festivals across Canada and the U.S.A. Since then the company has produced four more shows: Oh, baby, Hello...Hello, Citizen Pochsy and Pochsy Unplugged. Over the years, Pochsy Productions has won a growing audience as well as numerous production and literary nominations and awards, and has earned a reputation for provocative, original and hilarious theatre.

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"Wicked, original and superb." (Denver Rocky Mountain News)
"Imagine Greek Tragedy by Betty Boop"
(Monteal Gazette) "Hilarious and harrowing ... her comedy has the rare ability to make you laugh while feeling queasy ... [Pochsy is] the perfect clown creation for our time. (NOW)

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Unplugged

Karen Hines's Pochsy, the crown princess of narcissism, has become one of the little gems of Canadian theatre ... an unforgettable character steeped in equal measures of honey and acid.
(Toronto Star)

Pochsy Unplugged A cabaret-style selection of the company's chosen favourites from the Pochsy trilogy. Stories and songs from the nastiest little minx this side of Alexanderplatz.

  • Written and performed by Karen Hines
  • Directed by Sandra Balcovske and John Turner
  • Score by Greg Morrison with Karen Hines
  • Music performed live by Greg Morrison
  • 2010 University of Toronto, Literature for Our Times Series
  • 2008 Joe's Pub N.Y.C. (The Canada Night)
  • 2005: World Stage Festival
  • Theatre Passe Muraille (late night cabaret)
  • Variations performed at Universty of Lethbridge (2006), York University (2007)

hello... hello

Exquisitely crafted ... seamlessly stylish and intellectually provocative. (Globe & Mail)

Hello, Hello

This play with songs probes the sweet, sexual, and suicidal impulses that thread through a century of escapist Hollywood films, consumeristic urges and romantic desire. An affectionate but unforgiving deconstruction of that most escapist of entertainments, the boy-meets girl love story.

  • Script and lyrics by Karen Hines
  • Score composed by Greg Morrison with Hines
  • Music performed live by Greg Morrison
  • 1999: Factory Theatre Studio, Toronto - Pochsy Productions in association with Factory Theatre - directed by Chris Earle, produced by Naomi Campbell with David Jansen, Steven Morel, Teresa Pavlinek, and Hines and Morrison.
  • 2003: Produced by Tarragon Theatre, Toronto. Directed by Chris Earle, with Aurora Browne, Steven Morel, Peter Oldring, and Hines and Morrison.

CITATIONS:

  • Chalmers nomination: outstanding new play
  • 5 Dora nominations (Pochsy Productions): outstanding new play, production, direction, score, performance (Hines)
  • Dora nomination (Hines & Morrison): outstanding new musical
  • 4 Canadian Comedy Award nominations: outstanding new play, performance (Hines), score (Morrison) and direction (Earle)
  • Winner: Alberta Writers Guild Award for Drama

Ctizen Pochsy

A brilliant piece of play construction ... Karen Hines is an astonishing artist both as writer and performer. (Edmonton Journal)

Pochsy Set in the waiting room at an audit from hell, Citizen Pochsy takes a labyrinthine tour through the incomparable mind of Canadian cult cutie Pochsy. Take a peek through her thick-lashed eyes as she grapples with karmic reckoning, ponders the future of the human soul, and marvels at the wonders of a market-driven world. Sort of like a chat with the girl next door only ... more complex.

  • Written and performed by Karen Hines
  • Directed by John Turner
  • Score by Greg Morrison with Karen Hines
  • Music performed live by Greg morrison
  • 2003: Magnetic North Festival, Ottawa; One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo, Calgary; Kaboom Festival, Edmonton; Ruby Slippers at The Firehall, Vancouver
  • 2004: One Yellow Rabbit's Big Secret Theatre, Calgary
  • (Citizen Pochsy has not played in Toronto)

CITATIONS:

  • Governor General's Literary Award Finalist in "The Pochsy Plays"
  • Betty Mitchell Award nomination: performance
  • Winner: Alberta Writers Guild Award for Drama in "The Pochsy Plays"

oh baby

Pochsy is a must-see, a blend of charm and vitriol who traipses blithely over mercuy-traced waters ... she skewers middle-class aspirations and consumer obsessions with poison-tipped arrows and relentless slings. (Eye Weekly)

Oh BabyOn vacation from her job packing mercury, Pochsy trips lightly across a beach of slag, splashes in silver-lined waters, and communes with 2-foot minnows. From her perch atop a mammoth seashell, Pochsy delivers a Shirley-Valentine-on-ecstasy meditation on this, our horribly beautiful world.

  • Written and performed by Karen Hines
  • Directed by and written with the collaboration of Sandra Balcovske
  • Score by Greg Morrison with Karen Hines
  • Music performed live by Greg Morrison
  • 1993: Fringe Festivals: Sudbury, Toronto, Edmonton
  • 1994: Factory Theatre Studio, Toronto
    Vancouver East Cultural Centre (Women In View)

CITATIONS:

  • Chalmers nomination: outstanding new play
  • 5 Dora nominations: production, direction, set, lighting, performance
  • Dora award: performance
  • Governor General's Literary Award Finalist in"The Pochsy Plays"
  • Winner: Alberta Writers Guild Award for Drama in "The Pochsy Plays"

pochsy's lips

Pure poetry spun smooth as silk ... Imagine Greek Tragedy by Betty Boop. (Montreal Gazette)

Pochsy's LipsAlone in her hospital room, Pochsy muses on her job at mercury packers, dances with her i.v. pole, fever-dreams about her doctor, and transforms complex consumer obsessions into gossamer fantasies. Black comedy. Not for children.

  • Written and performed by Karen Hines
  • Directed by and written with the collaboration of Sandra Balcovske
  • Score by Greg Morrison, David Hines and Karen Hines
  • 1992: Fringe Festivals: Orlando, Montreal, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria
  • Poor Alex Theatre (Toronto)
  • 1993: Festival of Wrack and Ruin: Alice's Fourth Floor (N.Y.C.)
  • 1994: Minneapolis Fringe, Mixed Blood Theatre, Denver International Women's Theatre Festival
  • 1995: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Dallas Theatre Centre

CITATIONS:

  • Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination: performance
  • Governor General's Literary Award Finalist in "The Pochsy Plays"
  • Winner: Alberta Writers Guild Award for Drama in "The Pochsy Plays"

Pochsy Productions: Current and Upcoming Theatrical Projects

2014: Lime Green Kitten (Women Talking About Whatever it is Women Talk About) Formerly titled "The Bechdel Fail," this performcance features scenes and monologues for women, constrained by Alison Bechdel’s Bechdel Test . Conversations about the world. Developed with the support of th Banff Playwrights Colony. Winner of the 2014 Enbridge Playwright’s Award (for work in progress).

2014: ILK A Stageplay for Three Animals to be performed by three actors in onesies. A comic tragedy. Work in progress this summer at Debajehmujig features John Turner as The Dog.

2014: Crawlspace Based on National Magazine Award-nominated “House of Horrors” – Swerve Magazine. Site-specific, set in private homes at dinner parties. Sounds and musical score by Greg Morrison, direction by Sandra Balcovske/ This site-specific play investigates moral philosophy through the lens of real estate and places an actor, “Anonymous,” at the ubiquitous dinner party discussion about “the market.” Realty, moral philosophy, and whether or not one can actually own land creep into the chat, as do special effects with IKEA lights, musical underscoring and rodents underfoot (via wireless speakers). Increasingly charged and heightened ideas and language (“real estate porn,” fear, loss) transform the most anodyne of cocktail conversations into a more intellectual, spiritual, metaphysical event. Highly intimate, weirdly theatrical: Theatre of Realty.

No One Knows What a Dramaturg Does or Fifty Monkeys Maybe (working titles) There is no money in poetry; there is no poetry in money … A meditation on stewardship, sacrifice, love and alchemy in art: species altruism as practiced by human animals. Based on true stories and dedicated to broken artists and baby dramaturgs, Dramaturg is a crie de coeur wrapped in a psycho-thriller wherein the pen is, indeed, sharper than the knife.

For a definition and history of the Bechdel Test: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bechdel_test.