Drama: Pilot Episode
Finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Award for Drama
Dr. Penelope Douglas is an ex-forensic psychiatrist looking for a fresh start in a styling western boomtown, but on her first day practicing in her boutique suite, a young television writer hangs himself in her subway-tiled bathroom. A dissection of contemporary television drama through the eyes of the dead writer reveals to Penelope an unsettling connection between the forty-four-minute television hour and the disintegration of the human soul. But it isn’t until Penelope’s oil wife friend pronounces Penelope her unborn baby’s spiritual godmother that Dr. Douglas takes the dive into the uncharted waters of her own unconscious to break the spell that has the frontier in its filthy grip. Will Dr. Douglas be able to find heart in this wild new landscape? Will she have to smudge her lipstick to ‘cowboy up’? Drama, the long-awaited new play by the master of edgy dark humour, has all the answers.
Praise for previous plays by Karen Hines:
‘Ingenious, acidic comedy’ – Globe & Mail
‘Hines’s writing style has a seductive, lyrical quality that belies its political complexity – it’s like reading Japanese haiku and a nihilist treatise all at the same time.’ – Eye Weekly
‘Nothing short of a miracle. I laughed. I cried. I called my friends.’ – Saint Paul Pioneer Press
‘Hilarious and harrowing’ – NOW