On December 11th, 2005, I performed Birthday Trauma, an excerpt from Growing Up Linda: The Life and Times of Linda Carvel, Heir to the Throne of the Carvel Cake Ice Cream Empire at Theatre for the New City for the Voice4Vision Festival curated by Jane Catherine Shaw and Sarah Provost as part of Puppet Art Attacks. Growing Up Linda was an ensemble actor-puppetry performance in which the fictitious daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her off-kilter, troubled past.
In Birthday Trauma, the inciting episode, written with long-time collaborator, P.J. McWhiskers, Linda Carvel becomes enamored with Cookie Puss, an ice cream cake presented to her at her 5th birthday. After Linda makes a wish for eternal friendship with Cookie Puss (the only one in the world who understands her), Daddy Carvel strong-hands her into dismembering her new companion for the consumption of her blood-thirsty relatives.
Addition performers for the Puppet Art Atacks performance included Heather Henson, Ginger Eckert, Bonnie Duncan and David Hanbury with music by Val Opielski. Birthday Trauma was developed at a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
The Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival was co-curated by Sarah Provost and Jane Catherine Shaw in collaboration with producer Crystal Field and Theater for the New City. 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, and Ceili Clemmons.