Growing Up Linda, Judson Memorial Church, NYC

On May 2nd, 2006, I performed Birthday Trauma, a segment from Growing Up Linda at the Judson Church in New York City.

Growing Up Linda: Birthday Trauma, ©2005, Marsian De Lellis


Growing Up Linda was an ensemble actor-puppetry performance in which 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, a scene from Growing Up Linda, Linda recounts the events of her fifth birthday when she first started communicating with food.


I wrote Birthday Trauma with PJ Mc Whiskers. Cast included Jen Swain and Peter Deffet, with an introduction from Emmy Bean.


Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 at 7:30PM

Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, New York 10012


The performances were part of Great Small Works’ Spaghetti Dinners series. 

Great Small Works is a collective of theater artists who reinvent ancient and popular theater techniques, producing outdoor spectacles with scores of participants, indoor miniature tabletop shows, variety cabarets with food and music, puppet parades and street pageants, all created with a wide circle of veteran associates and first-time volunteers. On any scale, Great Small Works productions aim to renew, cultivate and strengthen the spirits of their audiences by keeping theater at the heart of public life.

Since its creation, Great Small Works has been the producer of the Spaghetti Dinner Series, variety evenings of pasta, performance, and music. Founded by veterans of Vermont’s Bread and Puppet Theater and members of Ninth Street Theater in 1978, the Spaghetti Dinners began in a storefront on East Ninth Street as informal evenings for neighborhood residents and members of the downtown theater community, combining puppet theater, New Orleans brass band music, and healthy portions of spaghetti with fresh garlic. Today, the Spaghetti Dinner still works with the same formula – vegetarian spaghetti, new performances in all media (theater, puppetry, dance, film, spoken word, polemic,) and live music.

Growing Up Linda: Birthday Trauma, ©2005, Marsian De Lellis


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designed by Michael Bodel
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curated by David Felix Sutcliffe

Music by
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Jessica Lurie
Michael Winograd
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Jon Signer
Jason Nazary