In June 2017, I workshopped the beginnings of my script-in-progress Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups as an artist-in-residence at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center – with performances on Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th at the culmination of the National Puppetry Conference. Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups is a morbid comedy centered on a disgruntled dollhouse maker turned investigator. Vivian Nutt builds dioramas of unsolved murders only for it to be revealed that she is a serial killer.In Model Killer, I am creating a universe in which I invite the viewer to reconsider female serial killers, the historically feminine craft of miniatures, and murder as entertainment.
In addition to performing the first scenes from Model Killer, I set out to take a stab at the following questions:
- How is our perception of gender colored through the lens of aggression?
- Can injecting the idealized settings of dollhouses with the macabre, expose the fraud of domestic tranquility?
- Are Vivian’s attempts to construct a world that fits her model of justice by eliminating problematic people out-of-scale with their transgressions?
Since the residency and workshop performances, I am continuing to raise funds for the ongoing development of Model Killer through Fractured Atlas… so if you’re looking for a write-off and pride yourself on supporting interdisciplinary artist-writers who construct visual narratives that memorialize obsessional lives – you can make a secure online donation through Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of Marsian De Lellis are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Thank you to the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and the Walt Disney Company for funding this artist-in-residence; and Sharon Challenger, Bob Bonniel, and Margo Linden Katz for your generous contributions.