Hines as Pochsy in My Name is Pochsy, 8 mm still by Benny Zenga
Hines as Pochsy in My Name is Pochsy, 8 mm still by Benny Zenga

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

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

"A miracle of bitter hope." (Eye)

"Savagely Funny." (NOW)

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

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

Hines in Crawlspace. Photo by Gary Mulcahey
Karen Hines in Crawlspace, photo by Gary Mulcahey.

"One of the most original artists in the city."   

(Toronto Life)

Pochsy Productions was founded in 1992 for the company's first show, Pochsy's Lips. Since then the company has developed seven more shows: Oh, baby, Hello...Hello, Citizen Pochsy, Pochsy Unplugged, Drama: Pilot Episode, Crawlspace, and All the Little Animals I Have Eaten as well as developing other works for stage and screen such as A Tax on Pochsy (The Audit), My Name is Pochsy: An Industrial Film and some new commissions currently in development.

Venues for her plays have included Soulpepper, Videofag, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, One Yellow Rabbit, Alberta Theatre Projects, Boca del Lupo, Joe's Pub (Public Theatre), Magnetic North, World Stage, Luminato Festival, Actors' Theatre of Louisville among others small and large in Canada, America and Germany.

"Eerie, funny brilliance." (Edmonton Journal)

Combining such disparate elements as magical realism, satire and horror, Hines' work has won a growing audience, numerous production and literary nominations and awards, as well as a reputation for original, hilarious and provocative entertainments.

"Pochsy is part of the light that keeps us laughing as we plunge into the darkness. Beckett would have fallen for her."

(Simon Houpt – Eye, Toronto).

Pochsy's Lips, K.Hines in a photo by Gary Mulcahey