Hello … hello

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Coach House Books, Sep 27, 2013 - Drama - 112 pages
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In the vast, unnamed metropolis of Hello … Hello, art and commerce have finally and completely conjoined; stylish caf s serve up zebra mussels and the air is thick with a gentle rain of sparrows plummeting down from the mirrored office towers. Everywhere, people are falling for an edgy new fashion accessory: a shiny ball filled with poison that hangs from a delicate chain.

In this oddly peaceful world, Cassandra, a salesgirl at a clothing store called the Abyss, meets a charismatic ad man named Ben in the graveyard where she is mourning her lover, the last true artist on earth. They find themselves helplessly attracted to one another. Ben walks Cassandra home and invites her out to dinner, which leads to sex, marriage and a house in Semi-Residentia. Then comes baby. All one and a half inches of her.

Hello … Hello, nominated for several Dora awards, including Best Play and Best Musical, is a tragic, comedic and curiously erotic attack on western society’s predilection for escapist consumerism and entertainment. If the boy-meets-girl musical is the shiny happy ball, then the content of the play, and its characters, are the poison held within.

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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.

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