Hello Hello – A Romantic Satire

Hello Hello – A Romantic Satire

by Karen Hines

February 12–21, 2009

Exquisitely crafted … seamlessly stylish and intellectually provocative. - Globe and Mail
Hello Hello – A Romantic Satire

Edmonton’s critically acclaimed, multi-Sterling Award winning theatre company, Kill Your Television presents the Western Canadian premiere of Karen Hines play with songs, HELLO HELLO – a romantic satire.

In a vast, unnamed megalopolis, art and commerce have finally and completely conjoined and everyone is falling for an edgy new fashion accessory: a shiny ball filled with poison that hangs from a delicate chain.

One night at the gravesite of the last true artist on earth, Cassandra, a salesgirl with a prophetic gift, meets Ben, a charismatic advertising exec. A walk home leads to a dinner date, which leads to sex, marriage and a house in Semi-Residentia. Then comes the baby… all one and a half inches of her!

Created by the Governor General nominated, award winning, actress/playwright, Karen Hines, Hello…Hello – a romantic satire is a hilariously painful examination of our contemporary consumer culture, and a tragically ironic deconstruction of the Broadway-style musical love story.

Presented by Kill Your Television. Winner of the Outstanding Independent Production Sterling Award 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006.


HELLO HELLO – a romantic satire
by Karen Hines

Starring: Nathan Cuckow, Molly Flood, Jesse Gervais and Beth Graham
Director: Kevin Sutley
Music Director: Paul Morgan Donald
Set, Costume, and Lighting Designer: April Viczko
Choreographer: Christine Bandelow
Dramaturg: Lana Hughes
Assistant to the Director: Andraea Sartison
Stage Manager: Carrie Howard

Feb 12 – 21, 2009
Tickets $20, student/senior $15,
Previews (Feb 10, 11) $15, Opening Night (Feb 12) $25, 2 for 1 Tuesday (Feb 17) $20.
For tickets and information, call the Theatre Network Box Office at (780) 453-2440

February 12–21, 2009

Previews February 10
Opening February 12




Nathan is an Edmonton-based actor, producer, and playwright. He has worked with several local companies, including: Shadow Theatre, The Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Teatro La Quindicina, Northern Light Theatre, Concrete Theatre, Azimuth Theatre, and was most recently seen in Wishbone Theatre’s independent production of WAITING FOR GODOT. His work has been presented in Edmonton, as well as several other Canadian cities, including: Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Whitehorse, Victoria, and Vancouver (as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad). His musical, BASH’d! (co-written with Chris Craddock, music by Aaron Macri) was presented internationally in Dublin, Ireland, and in the United States (Los Angeles and New York City), where it ran for three months Off-Broadway, and received a 2007 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theatre. Nathan is the proud recipient of several awards, including an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in Kill Your Television’s production of Daniel MacIvor’s one-man show, MONSTER.



Jesse Gervais is multi award winning Actor, Dancer, Street Performer and Voice over artist.  He has been very fortunate to perform with many theatre companies across Canada and is proud to call Edmonton his home.   He has appeared in ATPN’s sketch comedy series Caution May Contain Nuts, Bite TV’s E-Town, and appears as ‘Jesse’ in season one and two of TINY PLASTIC MEN on Superchannel.  He has lent his voice to videogame characters in Bioware’s MASS EFFECT, DRAGON AGE and NEVERWINTER NIGHTS.   Jesse has received a Sterling nomination for Best Actor in BUDDY, Sterling awards for Best Supporting Actor in: THE 4th GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE SUICIDE, and Best Actor in LET THE LIGHT OF DAY THROUGH. Jesse has a BFA in Acting from the U of A.  Namaste.



Beth is an Edmonton-based playwright, actor and guardian to a pomeranian cross named Oscar. Beth wrote THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL OF BERNICE TRIMBLE as part of the 2010 playwright’s forum at the Citadel Theatre. The play premiered at Factory Theatre (co-produced with Obsidian Theatre) last fall and will be published by Playwrights Canada Press in the Spring of 2015. Beth is also one of the co-creators of THE DROWNING GIRLS, which premiered at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, was re-written for the 2008 Alberta Theatre Projects PlayRites Festival and went on to tour nationally. Other co-creations include: MULES, COMRADES, and VICTOR AND VICTORIA’S TERRIFYING TALE OF TERRIBLE THINGS. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA acting program.



Karen is a writer, performer and director in theatre, television and film. Her award-winning black comedies for the stage, Hello…Hello (A Romantic Satire) and The Pochsy Plays trilogy have been presented internationally. She has also written several short plays presented by the Tarragon, Volcano, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Karen directed the original production of Linda Griffiths’ Age of Arousal (ATP) and is the Dora Award-winning director of Horror Clowns Mump & Smoot,  having directed all of their productions to date. A Second City alumna, she has acted extensively in film and television, including three seasons on Ken Finkleman’’s Emmy Award-winning The Newsroom and Married Life for which she was nominated for Gemini and CableACE awards. Karen has recently made the first two in a series of short films featuring the character Pochsy, which are touring an international film festival circuit. She is currently playwright in residence at Alberta Theatre Projects and is writing a black comedy, Drama, as well as a feature-length neo-noir, Deadly is the Female. Her newest Pochsy show will premiere in Munich next fall.  www.pochsy.org