All the Little Animals I Have Eaten 2017

In All the Little Animals I Have Eaten, we follow Frankie, a sleep-deprived grad student on the toughest shift of her life in an all-female condo whose questionable billboards promise, "A Condo of One's Own."

Her server shift – over which the course of the play unfolds – is a hallucinatory riff that’s a meditation on popular culture, localtarianism, real estate lust – and suicide. It's a smart, funny, unforgettable journey ... Hines is spectacularly talented writer.  (Stephen Hunt, The Half-step)

Georgina Beaty, Ellen Close, Nadien Chu, Denise Clarke in All the Little Animals I Have Eaten

2017 High Performance Rodeo, One Yellow Rabbit, Calgary. 

Directed by Blake Brooker, staged by Denise Clarke.

Produced and Presented by One Yellow Rabbit. Development also by Keep Frozen, the Banff Playwrights Colony, the Citadel Playwrights' Forum, with ongoing  support from Soulpepper Theatre through its Reading Circle.

  • Enbridge Award for Playwriting

Currently in post-rodeo development; more on this soon.

Crawlspace

2017: Soulpepper, Toronto; Boca del Lupo, Vancouver; PushOFF, Vancouver; 2016: Wordfest, Calgary (Staged Reading); 2015: Debajehumujig Creation Centre, Manitoulin Island

2015: Videofag Premiere, Toronto

Karen Hines in Crawlspace, photo by Gary Mulcahey.

Directed by Sandra Balcovske and John Turner; Dramaturgy by Blake Brooker and Sandra Balcovske; Commissioned and Artistically Produced by William Ellis and Jordan Tannahill (Videofag), Executive Producer, Kendra Bator. (Presented in association with Keep Frozen.)

Hines’s performance is wonderful, but the real magic here is her writing. Crawlspace is full of incredible details and observations … darkly comedic and emotionally daring. Crawlspace is resistance theatre and it’s nothing short of inspiring. (Andrea Warner, The Georgia Straight)

-Savagely funny. NNNN (Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine)

One of the ten best productions of 2015...

Like a Mike Holmes Episode written by Franz Kafka (J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe & Mail)

  • Dora Nomination for Best New Play 
  • Playwrights Guild Carol Bolt Award finalist – Best New Play
  • Dora Nomination for Outstanding Production (Videofag in Association with Keep Frozen)
  • Dora Nomination for Direction (Sandra Balcovske, John Turner)
  • Dora Nomination for Lighting (Patrick Lavender)
  • Dora Award for Set (Patrick Lavender )  

Drama: Pilot Episode 2012-14

Set in a stylish Western oil town in a post-boom boom, Drama is multi-character comedy that parodies, embraces then vivisects the Netflix mode of drama, drawing connections between the 44-minute television hour, pregnant oil wives, blazing ghosts of men and girls and the fall of a sparrow in this Night Sea Journey of mind, body and soul.

Hines is superb at depicting in a few words the despair of people who feel forced to live lives bereft of meaning … I can't imagine a person in the Western world who would be left untouched by the great drama of souls Hines creates here. (Alex Rettie, Alberta Views)

  • 2012: Alberta Theatre Projects, PlayRites 2012 – Directed by Blake Brooker; 2014: Public staged readings, Factory Theatre, Directed by Iris Turcott (WIRED)
  • 2016: Soulpepper readings directed by Guillermo Verdecchia 

CITATIONS:

  • Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama: Finalist
  • Betty Mitchell Award: Best New Play
  • Calgary Critics’ Award: Best New Play
  • Official Jury Selection, Neue Theaterstücke aus Kanada: Nat’l Competition

Pochsy 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)

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 (A Romantic Satire)

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

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
  • 1998: The Space - Keep Frozen/Pochsy Productions
  • 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.
  • 2003: Readings, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • 2010: Kill Your Television, Edmonton (Best Production, Sterlings)

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

Citizen Pochsy: Head Movements of a Long-Haired Girl

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

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's Adventures by the Sea)

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)

On 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)

Alone 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

AWARDS AND CITATIONS, COLLECTED:

  • Governor General's Literary Award for Drama Finalist: Drama: Pilot Episode
  • Governor General's Literary Award for Drama Finalist: The Pochsy Plays
  • Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination, Best New Play: Crawlspace
  • Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominations, Production,  Direction, Lighting, Set: Crawlspace (Award for Patrick Lavender: set)
  • Finalist, Carol Bolt Award, Best New Canadian Play: Crawlspace
  • Winner, Alberta Writers Guild Award for Drama: Drama: Pilot Episode
  • Winner, Alberta Writers Guild Award for Drama: The Pochsy Plays
  • Dora Mavor Moore Nomination, Best New Musical: Hello...Hello
  • Winner, Calgary Critics Award, Best New Play: Drama: Pilot Episode
  • Winner, Betty Mitchell Award, Best New Play: Drama: Pilot Episode
  • Chalmers Award (Canadian) Finalist: Hello...Hello
  • Chalmers Award (Canadian) Finalist: Oh, baby
  • Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination: Performance (Hello...Hello, Hines)
  • Dora Mavor Moore Award Award, Performance: Oh, baby
  • Dora Mavor Moore Award Award, Performance: Pochsy's Lips
  • Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominations, Best Production, Score, Direction: Hello...Hello
  • Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominations, Best Production, Direction, Set, Lighting: Oh, Baby