Growing Up Linda – Fudgie’s Death, Orlando Fringe (Performance)

2010, Photo: K. Basta
2010, Photo: K. Basta

On May 24th, 2010,  I performed Fudgie’s Death at the Orlando Fringe Festival. Fudgie’s Death was a neo-noir segment from Growing Up Linda in which the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past. In Fudgie’s Death, I transformed table-top pop-up books into full-screen cinema. There were 3 Shows between May 24th, 2010 – May 28th, 2010.

Fudgie’s Death was written with longtime collaborator, P.J. McWhiskers and Joel Egger. I collaborated with Korean paper engineer, EuGean Seo, who designed and created pop-up books using my drawings as source material. For this iteration of Fudgie’s Death, costumes were designed by Rachel Weir with specialty corseting created by Lee Vargas Perez and Hunter Wells. Kari Rae Seekons designed the sound, so that I was able to trigger cues from the stage, while Heather Henson provided live video feed from a tiny security camera.

In the Watermark reviewand stated that in Fudgie’s Death, “technology meets traditional storytelling to great effect… De Lellis is an engaging performer who delivers the story with deceptive nonchalance”

While in Orlando Fringe, also I performed the lead role of Jared (David Bowie) in Goblin Party Interactive – a theatrical screening of Jim Henson’s film, Labyrinth. The format of   Goblin Party Interactive was similar to the Rocky Horror Picture Show with live actors performing in front of the screen with puppetry, and props .

Ibex  Puppetry, which presented this run of Fudgie’s Death, is an entertainment company dedicated to promoting the fine art of puppetry in all of its mediums. Founded in 2000 and receiving multiple UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionette) awards, Ibex Puppetry supports puppet art in the mediums of film, stage, gallery exhibits, workshops and artist presentations.

The Orlando Fringe provides an accessible, affordable outlet that draws diverse elements of the Orlando, national and international theatrical and performance community together and inspires creative excellence through the arts.

From the Orlando Fringe website:

The history of Fringe Festivals began in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947. There, a number of performing artists who were not official participants of the Edinburgh International Festival (whose participants are invited by its General Director) decided to produce their own work in empty stores and church basements. Thus, their work was staged literally “on the fringe” of the established festival. The concept was an immediate success and the Fringe soon became as – if not more – popular as the “official” Edinburgh Festival.  The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as of 2012 is the largest festival in the world and Europe’s #1 tourist destination.

Following the example of the Edinburgh Fringe, other Fringe Festivals sprang up in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia in the following decades, many of which follow the true Fringe philosophy – to provide artists with the opportunity to show their work in an uncensored and unjuried environment and to give 100% of ticket sales back to them.

The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival was created in 1991 by Terry Olson (now Director of the Orange County Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs), Andy Anthony and Rick Kunst. The first festival was held in 1992 in downtown Orlando, with most venues being created in empty storefronts specifically for the festival. This continued until 2004, when the festival was split between downtown Orlando and Loch Haven Park.  The move to Loch Haven proved a success and so, from 2005 on, the festival has been entirely in Loch Haven Park and the beautiful Ivanhoe Village neighborhood.