Growing Up Linda

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Growing Up Linda was an ensemble actor-puppetry performance in which the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past.  

Synopsis

The audience enters a dimly lit candy forest in which a warped supercut of talking cake mascots from actual Carvel commercials is projected. It’s Linda Carvel’s nightmare. She’s a lost child. A trail of cake crumbs leads to a demonic lollipop tree who devours her. Linda awakens from the nightmare middle aged, but her surroundings still aren’t quite normal.  (Read More)

Press

During its run at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Scotsman distinguished Growing Up Linda as “colorful, elaborate” and “nightmarish”. Three Weeks (Edinburgh) characterized Linda as “kitsch, camp, and often grotesque,” and celebrated it for its “fusion of trashy and glam”. (More Press)

Creative Team

Written, designed and directed by Marsian De Lellis, written with P.J. McWhiskers and Joel Egger, Scenic Design: Juliana de Abreau, Costume Design: Rachel Weir, Lighting Design: Brandon Sterling Baker, Sound Design: E M Giminez, Kari Rae Seekons, Video Design: Roz Fulton, Technical Director: Jeff Arbuckle, Properties: Merrianne Nedreberg, Pop-Ups: EuGean Seo (Read More)

Performance History

Full Premiere

2008
Venue 13
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Edinburgh, Scottland

Full Workshop

2008
CalArts
Valencia, CA

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Fudgie’s Death

2011 
14Karat Cabaret 
Transmodern Festival
Baltimore, Maryland

2011 
International Festival of Animated Objects 
Calgary, Alberta

2010 
Gallery at Avalon Island 
Orlando, Florida

2010 
Park Theatre 
Winnipeg, Manitoba

2010 
Blue Genes Pub,
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center 
Waterford, Connecticut

2010 
St. Ann’s Warehouse
International Toy Theatre Festival 
New York City

2010 
Orlando Fringe Festival
Orlando, Florida

2010 
Links Hall 
Banners + Cranks Festival
Chicago, Illinois

2008 
REDCAT
Los Angeles, California

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Birthday Trauma 

2007 
Space Ark 
Pasadena, California

2007 
Coffee House Theatre
CalArts
Valencia, California

2006 
The Judson Church 
New York City, New York

2006 
Everett Dance Theatre /
Carriage House 
Providence, Rhode Island

2005 
Theatre for the New City 
New York City, New York

2005 
Coolidge Corner Theatre 
Boston, Massachusetts

2005 
Perishable Theatre 
Providence, Rhode Island

2005 
Mad Cow 
Orlando, Florida

2005 
Atlantic Center for the Arts 
New Smyrna Beach

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LSD Kills 

2004 
The Comedy Studio 
Boston, Massachusetts

2004 
Perishable Theatre 
Providence, Rhode Island

Exhibition History

2008 
St. Ann’s Warehouse 
New York City, New York

2009 
Gallery at Avalon Island 
Orlando, Florida

2007 
Acorn Gallery 
Los Angeles, California

2007 
Grand Central Art Center 
Santa Ana, California

2006 
Guilford Art Center
Guilford, Connecticutt

2004 
AS220 
Providence, Rhode Island

2004 
Woods-Gerry Gallery 
Providence, Rhode Island