The Curious Life and Mysterious Death of Pippin Roe (update)

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1994, Pippin Roe

On July 19th 2014, I learned that my longtime friend, artist, and collaborator, Pippin Roe, had died.  Weeks later, I was again hit with shocking news that Pippin’s death was likely the result of murder.  The following January, a reporter writing a piece on Pippin contacted me through social media.  At first I was skeptical, but it wasn’t long before I realized she was diligent digging through hard-to-find clues on a case that had been largely ignored by the media and didn’t seem like a priority for authorities. The story, publish on January 22, 2015, went beyond tragic circumstances surrounding Pippin’s death, speaking to her life and artistic work – much of which was featured in the article.

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Growing Up Linda – Fudgie’s Death, Gallery at Avalon Island, Orlando (performance)

Marsian De Lellis, 2010, Photo: K Bast, Poster: Ibex Puppetry
Marsian De Lellis, 2010, Photo: K Bast, Poster: Ibex Puppetry

On Saturday, December 4th, 2010, I performed Fudgie’s Death, at Theater at Avalon Island as part of Puppets from the Edge.  Produced by Ibex Puppetry, Puppets from The Edge was evening of short form puppetry for adults, which I curated and hosted with Hannah Miller during the 2010 Orlando Puppet Festival.

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Puppets from The Edge 2010, Orlando (curatorial)

On Saturday, December 4th, 2010, I curated and hosted Puppets from the Edge with puppet artist, Hannah Miller at the Gallery at Avalon Island in downtown Orlando. Puppets from The Edge was an evening of short form puppetry for adults, during the 2010 Orlando Puppet Festival.

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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.

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89.9FM WUCF, Orlando (interview)

I met Katie Ball in 2009 when she visited my rehearsal room for an interview on her show, “Art Beat”, on WUCF. “Art Beat” aired in Orlando where I was staging Bride of Wildenstein – the Musical a performance with puppets in which an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband. Katie did an amazing job capturing and presenting an authentic slice of my joy in the process of creating this performance.

“If you’re a fan of the gleefully debauched Rocky Horror picture show or the irreverent humor of South Park then you’re doubtlessly in for a treat.”

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Durfee Foundation (support)

On October 1st, 2009, I was the recipient of a Third Quarter 2009 ARC (Artist Resource for Completion) Grant from the Durfee Foundation for performances Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical at the Velaslavaysay Panorama January 28th-31st, 2010. The grant went to hire puppet builder, Greg Ballora to finesse puppet mechanics and to upgrade sound equipment.

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Bride of Wildenstein, Atlanta (performance)

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Bride of Wildenstein, Atlanta, 2009

On July 18th, 2009, at Georgia Tech I performed “Pump that Pussy”, an excerpt from Bride of Wildenstein –  the Musical, in which an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband. After being banished from her townhouse, she stumbles upon a junkyard pumping party (a gathering in which participants inject illegal non-medical grade compounds into their bodies). In the song, Pump that Pussy, she encounters a talking cockroach, a pigeon who has just gotten a beak job, and a rat doctor with a caulking gun who encourage her to “pump that pussy face”.

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Bride of Wildenstein – excerpts, Waterford, CT (performance)

Marsian De Lellis, 2009, Richard Termine
Marsian De Lellis, 2009, Richard Termine

On Friday, June 18th and Saturday, June 19th, 2009 I performed excerpts from Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT.  In Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband. The performances were part of the National Puppetry Conference where I was an emerging artist that year.

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CalArts, MFA (education)

Growing Up Linda, design, ©2007 Marsian De Lellis
Growing Up Linda, design, ©2007 Marsian De Lellis

On May 15th, 2009 I earned my MFA degree from California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) in Scenic Design in the Puppetry track from the Theater School and the Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts. I attended CalArts between 2006-2009 under the mentorship of Janie Geiser and Susan Simpson and developed two major productions, Growing Up Linda and Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical,.

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CalArts – Student Council (support)

 

In March 2009, I was the recipient of funding from the Student Council at California Institute for the Arts for my workshop production of Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical. In Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband.

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