Growing Up Linda – Fudgie’s Death – Los Angeles (performance)

On October 19th and 20th, 2008, I performed Fudgie’s Death at REDCAT as part of Studio, a quarterly series for new performance works with an interdisciplinary mix of unexpected experimentation and intriguing investigations from Los Angeles artists. Fudgie’s Death is a segment of Growing Up Linda in which the troubled daughter of an ice cream mogul downwardly spirals into frosting, substance abuse, and Fudgie the Whale.  Fudgie’s Death used tabletop pop-up books designed by paper engineer, Eugean Seo, and amplified with projected video.  In this installment, I performed with Anne Yatco, Joel Egger, and Kendra Ware with music by Martin Giminez.

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Growing Up Linda – Fudgie’s Death, Los Angeles, 2008, image: REDCAT

The Fall 2008 edition of REDCAT Studio was curated by Leilani Chan and Leslie Tamaribuchi. The program (which you can view here) included the following six original works:

KAREN ANZOATEGUI: SER
Through the passions and politics of a soccer match, solo theater artist Anzoategui explores the complexities of Latino identity in Los Angeles, and the nuances of being born to Argentine parents in a predominantly Mexican community.

MARSIAN & COMPANY: GROWING UP LINDA—FUDGIE’S DEATH
Table-top pop-up books are transformed into full-screen cinema in Marsian & Company’s neo-noir tale of desperation and depravity surrounding the troubled life of an ice-cream heiress.

DYS-: TAPE MUSIC
Collaborators David Cotner and Sergio Segovia immerse their audience in an unstable darkness for this electro-acoustic creation composed solely from various forms of tape—from plumbers tape to measuring tape and more.

KELLY & DAVID with BETTINA HUBBY: UNTITLED FEATHER CHORALE #1
Performed in Bettina Hubby’s clothing-homage to Los Angeles’ famed Hollyhock House, Kelly & David’s 5-cycle choral piece is a visual and vocal collaboration that evolves through abstract melodies, improvised sounds and shadowy imagery.

SHEETAL GANDHI: BAHU-BETI-BIWI (DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, DAUGHTER, WIFE)
With dance, live singing and percussive text, Sheetal Gandhi’s powerfully rhythmic performance wraps North Indian music traditions and family characters into a contemporary exploration that glides between humorous portraiture and active resistance.

CHRISTINE MARIE: GROUND TO CLOUD
Seamlessly integrating projected shadows of light bulbs, wires and stained glass with live actors and an original score, Christine Marie and her ensemble blend scientific discovery, religious folklore and magical trickery into an incandescent work of expressionist theater.