Growing Up Linda – Birthday Trauma, Valencia, CA (performance)

Jackie Kay Knox, ©2007 Marsian De Lellis
Jackie Kay Knox, ©2007 Marsian De Lellis

On March 1st, 2007, I performed in Birthday Trauma, a segment from Growing Up Linda at the CalArt’s Coffeehouse Theatre in Valencia, CA as part of Exquisite Acts and Everyday Rebellions. 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.

In Birthday Trauma, the inciting episode of Growing Up Linda, 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.

In this iteration, Jackie Kay Knox performed the title role of Linda Carvel. Joel Egger performed Daddy Carvel. Leila Ghaznavi directed. Costumes were designed by Kate Elouise Mallor.

Exquisite Acts and Everyday Rebellions, was a student-organized project based at California Institute of the Arts that seeked to produce discourse around the questions and contexts of contemporary feminist practice in art and society.  The project encompassed projects and workshops proposed by students from across the schools of CalArts, a curated exhibition of student, faculty, and alumni works addressing feminism, a feminist performance series, and a day-long symposium of panel discussions with guest artists, activists, and curators.  

The performance series was curated by Loren Fenton, Sibyl O’Malley, and Bethany Umbach and was hosted by Deborah Asiimwe and Z-Genderful.  Also in the line up were performances by Vivian Babuts with Speechless, Yaniro Paramo with Calentando Tortillas, Jane Pickett with The Doorkeeper,  Christine Marie with 4th Door, and Virginia Grise with From Cha-Cha to Panza.