Growing Up Linda, TNC, NYC

Growing Up Linda, 2005

On December 11th, 2005, I performed Birthday Trauma, an excerpt from Growing Up Linda at Theatre for the New City


In Growing Up Linda a woman who believes she’s the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past.  In Birthday Trauma, Linda recounts the events of her fifth birthday when she first started communicating with food.

Reclined on a chez lounge chair in her therapist’s office she flashes back to the party where daddy presents her with the very first Cookie Puss cake. Little Linda becomes enamored when Cookie Puss starts talking to her. But Cookie Puss doesn’t just talk to her, he love-bombs her. 

Out of view they take a wild ride in his flying saucer to Planet Birthday where they profess eternal love for one other. Upon their return, daddy and the hungry guests sing Happy Birthday and demand that Linda cut the cake. She resists, but daddy strong-hands her into dismembering her new companion for consumption.


Cast included Heather Henson, Ginger Eckert, Bonnie Duncan and David Hanbury with music by Val Opielski.  


Sunday, December 11, 2005

Theatre for the New City
 155 1st Avenue
New York, New York 10003

Theater for the New City, founded in 1971 and known familiarly as “TNC”, is one of New York City’s leading Off-Off-Broadway theaters, known for radical political plays and community commitment.


The performances were part Voice4Vision Festival curated by Jane Catherine Shaw and Sarah Provost as part of Puppet Art Attacks. 

Also on the Puppet Art Attacks lineup were:

  • Keving Augustine
  • Alissa Mello
  • Nate Wilson
  • Ken Berman
  • Kate Brehm
  • Eva Lansbury
  • David Hanbury
  • Bonnie Duncan
  • Jean Marie Keevins
  • Ceili Clemmons