Beckett meets Betty Boop in this trilogy of monologues by Canadian cult heroine Pochsy, a nasty, vapid, utterly charming vixen. In Pochsy's Lips , she's in the hospital, convinced she's sick because she's got a squid where her heart should be. In Oh Baby , she's at the Last Resort, on holiday from her job packing mercury. And in Citizen Pochsy , our little minx is in the waiting room at an audit from hell. In The Pochsy Plays , Hines remodels and melds traditions like stand-up, absurdism, clowning and neo-cabaret to create some of the most original and cutting satire to hit the stage and, now, the page. Walk a mile in her distressed calfskin boots as the dark and ditzy Pochsy garbles ad slogans, self-help mantras and desperate grabs at meaning into a postmodern pastiche that is hilarious and harrowing, sweet and bitter at the same time. With extensive photos and musical scores, and an introduction by Darren O'Donnell.
|Publisher:||Coach House Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Karen Hines is a Canadian actor, writer and director. She is the artistic director and producer of "Keep Frozen: Pochsy Productions." Hines has appeared in several television series, including many of Ken Finkleman's satires such as The Newsroom, Foreign Objects, and Married Life for which she was nominated for Gemini and CableACE awards. She has also written several plays, including Hello...Hello (A Romantic Satire) and the Pochsy Plays, a trilogy of black comedies. Her plays have toured internationally and have won numerous awards and nominations. The Pochsy Plays were nominated for the 2004 Governor General's Awards for drama. Hines has appeared on stage in Canadian productions of Angels in America and with Douglas Coupland in his September 10th (Royal Shakespeare Company), among other plays. She also had roles in the film version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Barry Levinson's "Man of the Year." Hines has worked extensively with Canadian horror clown duo Mump and Smoot, directing all of their productions from their early Fringe days to productions Off-Broadway, at the Yale Repertory Theatre and at the La Jolla Playhouse. She has directed and collaborated on the work of other Canadian artists such as Darren O'Donnell (Over) and Linda Griffiths (Age of Arousal). She is an associate of One Yellow Rabbit where she performed Citizen Pochsy and directed Mump and Smoot in the High Performance Rodeo (see also oyr.org ). Hines is a Second City alumna, but her comedy has a darker component she honed through her work with Philippe Gaulier. She is considered a Canadian authority on Bouffon. Hines is also a student of Richard Pochinko. In recent years Hines has begun writing television and film projects including three short films for Bravo!FACT, featuring the character Pochsy.