On May 21st, 2004, I performed LSD Kills, the first installment from Growing Up Linda Perishable Theatre in Providence, RI as part of Blood from a Turnip, Rhode Island’s only late night puppet cabaret, curated and hosted by Vanessa Gilbert. Joining me to puppeteer in the piece were David Hanbury and Rebecca Bradburg.
Growing Up Linda was an ensemble actor-puppetry performance in which the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past. During its run at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Scotsman distinguished Growing Up Linda as a “colorful, elaborate, nightmarish piece of theatre” while Three Weeks celebrated it for its “fusion of trashy and glam”.
LSD Kills, was first installment of Growing Up Linda, which was developed episodically at Blood from a Turnip, Rhode Island’s only late night puppetry salon, through an Atlantic Center for the Arts residency, and while a graduate student at the Cotsen Center for Puppetry and The Arts at CalArts.
In LSD Kills, Linda Carvel discovers that the hot dog she has purchased shortly after taking acid is talking to her. Realizing that this is part of her trip, she bites into the hot dog. But it won’t stop screaming, so impulsively, she stomps on it before running away. For LSD Kills, I appropriated the audio track from an educational warning video, “Case Study: LSD”.
Fun fact – The performance at Perishable was the first ever performance from Growing Up Linda, and was originally titled “Cookiepus Was Here: The Secret Diary of Linda Carvel, Heir to the Throne of the Carvel Cake Empire”.
Also performing at Blood from a Turnip that evening were Bonnie Duncan of Snappy Dance Theatre with “Every Girl’s Guide to the Modern Office”, Evan O’Television, and Sasha Rubel.
Blood from a Turnip was an ongoing evening of short-form puppetry for adults that ran for 19 years in Providence, RI. Co-founded and curated by Vanessa Gilbert, BfaT offered professional puppeteers and those new to the art form an opportunity to present big stories, in miniature. Perishable Theatre ran for over a quarter century in Providence and provided some of the edgiest productions in the state.