Pump that Pussy

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Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, Atlanta, 2009

Pump  that Pussy is a song from Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, a solo performance with puppets, loosely based on tabloid accounts of the real life “cat woman”, Jocelyn Wildenstein that explores the idea of going too far for love.  In Bride of Wildenstein, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband. This weird and tragic love story that examines the making of a monstrosity through one woman’s personal struggle, and the loss of her sense of self. As her marriage dissolves, she begins to reinvent herself through drastic measures – surgical procedures to become more feline, which only further heighten her sense of estrangement.

Marsian De Lellis, Olympia, 2009
Marsian De Lellis, Olympia, 2009

After being estranged from her husband, Jocelyn finds herself in a junk yard pumping party (an illegal gathering where participants inject industrial grade silicone to create low-cost curves as a dangerous, often fatal alternative to medically sanctioned cosmetic surgery). At the pumping party, Jocelyn encounters a rat doctor with a caulking gun, a worried pigeon recovering from a beak job, and a cockroach who with a pumped thorax who convince her to inject her face so she can feel beautiful again. 

Pump that Pussy Performance History

I have performed Pump that Pussy as both part of the full musical and a stand alone number in Los Angeles at REDCAT in Olympia at PLOP, in Atlanta at Georgia Tech, and in Phoenix at Great Arizona Puppet Theater. I developed Bride of Wildenstein at CalArts and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.  I have also staged productions in New Orleans at the New Orleans Fringe, and in Orlando at  The Gallery at Avalon Island and Cameo Theatre. In 2010 with Automata and Ibex Puppetry co-presented the premiere of Bride of Wildenstein at the Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles.

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Premiere:

Velaslavasay Panorama (Los Angeles)

Full Workshops:

New Orleans Fringe (New Orleans)
Cameo Theatre (Orlando)
Gallery at Avalon Island (Orlando)
CalArts (Valencia, CA)

Pump that Pussy (Excerpt):

Great Arizona Puppet Theatre (Phoenix)
PLOP (Olympia)
Georgia Tech (Atlanta)
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)

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Bride of Wildenstein – design: Marsian De Lellis

Bride of Wildenstein was made possible with support from The Durfee Foundation, CalArts Theater School Special Projects, The CalArts Interdisciplinary Grant, CalArts Student Council, the Emerging Artist Fund, and Ibex Puppetry.