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Crawlspace

Co-Presented by One Yellow Rabbit and the High Performace Rodeo

January 15 – 19, 2019


From the director of Mump & Smoot and creator of The Pochsy Plays. A perfect little coach house turns into a real-life nightmare in Karen Hines’ comic, Kafkaesque tale about the darker side of home ownership. Inspired by true events, Crawlspace moves past “cautionary” as it snakes through the brutal battleground of the contemporary real estate, decorative twig orbs and the transcendence of the human soul.

Crawlspace premiered in the storefront living room of the tiny arts hub Videofag and has since toured from Toronto to Vancouver, playing micro theatres and massive dining rooms. Crawlspace is a blistering act of consumer advocacy that may make you glad to be a renter. Crawlspace is now in development as a feature film.

ABOUT KAREN HINES

Karen Hines is an award-winning performer, writer and director, and a two-time finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Her performances and short films featuring her character Pochsy have been presented internationally. A Second City alumna, Karen has appeared in numerous television and film productions, including three seasons on CBC’s Newsroom. Her Calgary productions have included Citizen Pochsy (OYR), Drama: Pilot Episode (ATP), All the Little Animals I Have Eaten (OYR) as well as directing all of Mump & Smoot’s shows to date (OYR/ATP), Inner Elder (Michelle Thrush) and Age of Arousal (Linda Griffiths). Karen is a Western and National Magazine Award recipient through her work at Swerve Magazine. Recently Crawlspace has toured across Canada to sold-out theatres and extended runs. Upcoming: All the Little Animals will be remounted in Toronto next year, and Crawlspace is currently in development as a feature film.


“Savagely Funny.”

– NOW Magazine, Toronto

“Revealing her story like a gothic thriller with a shadowy real estate agent, a duplicitous seller …  she pushes its impact beyond shock value through sheer ability and mastery of her craft.”

– Carly Maga, Toronto Star

“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.”

– The Georgia Straight, Vancouver

“The captivating Hines spins a good yarn … and Hines’s cautionary tale is, of course, more relevant than ever. Her giant middle finger to the system is potent therapy for everyone feeling left behind or shut out from the dream (or nightmare?) of home ownership.”

– Jordan Bimm, NOW, Toronto

“A blistering commentary on our consumer culture. Pitch-black funny.”

– Jo Ledingham – Vancouver Theatre Reviews

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CAST & CREW:

Created & Performed by Karen Hines
Featuring Elena Belyea
Dramaturgy by Sandra Balcovske & Blake Brooker
Director Consultant: Michael Kennard
Musical Composition: Greg Morrison
Set Design: Sandi Somers
Lighting Design: Cimmeron Meyer & Sandi Somers
Sound Design: Anton deGroot
Production Stage Management: Cimmeron Meyer
Associate Artists: Georgina Beaty, Kate Lynch, Lili Robinson, Michelle Tracey, John Turner
Consulting Producer: Kendra Bator
First Commissioned for Videofag by William Ellis & Jordan Tannahill