CRAWLSPACE is a highly visceral and wildly theatrical experience. A darkly comedic, cautionary tale about the brutal battleground of real estate, decorative twig orbs and the state of the human soul. It filters real estate through the lens of Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty to come up with this hybrid: Theatre of Realty.
CRAWLSPACE is inspired by creator and performer Karen Hines’ true story of buying a fully detached ‘condo alternative’ in a hip downtown Toronto neighbourhood in the heated market of 2006 . . . and then having it all go horribly, nightmarishly wrong. Join the Host (Hines) in a dreamy re-incarnation of the hellish little house as she entertains her guests Scheherazade-style – except instead of language steeped in poetry, history and philosophy, this play will offer floor plans, cut-lines from MLS real estate one-sheets, and erotic incantations inspired by Pottery Barn catalogues.
Nominated for Five Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Best Play and Best Production
Finalist for the Playwrights Guild of Canada Carol Bolt Award for Best New Play
Named one of the Globe & Mail’s top ten productions of 2017
Hines is an award-winning playwright, performer and director in theatre, television and film, and a National Magazine Award-winning writer. She is a recent finalist for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, and a two-time finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for The Pochsy Plays and Drama: Pilot Episode. Hines appeared as “Karen” for three seasons on CBC’s Emmy Award-winning Newsroom, and in many “awkward assistant” roles in Toronto-for-New York movies. Her short films featuring the character Pochsy have been presented internationally, as have the live performances, and her solo Crawlspace (recently presented by Boca del Lupo) has toured widely (Crawlspace is now a CBC PlayMe Podcast). Hines’s latest dark comedy All the Little Animals I Have Eaten was cancelled before its 2020 Toronto opening due to COVID-19, but morphed during lockdown, and will premiere in a French translation at Montreal’s Jamais Lu Festival this May. Along with a few current Boca projects, Karen is now writing the fourth in the Pochsy series, Pochsy IV: My Heart Breaks For You.