Growing Up Linda

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.  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 itsfusion of trashy and glam”.

Written by Marsian De Lellis and PJ McWhiskers, Growing Up Linda was developed episodically at Blood from a Turnip, Rhode Island’s only late night puppetry salon, through a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, and at the Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts at CalArts.  Subsequent episodes were performed in New York City at Theatre for the New City and the Judson Church, in Orlando at Mad Cow Theater, in Pasadena at Space Ark, in Boston at the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Comedy Connection, and in Providence at Perishable Theatre and the Carriage House.

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After Linda’s premiere I continued to perform Fudgie’s Death, a segment that  visually dramatizes Linda’s downward spiral into ice cream, substance abuse, and Fudgie the Whale. Fudgie used tabletop pop-up books designed with paper engineer, Eugean Seo that were amplified with projected video. Watermark (Orlando) noted that in Fudgie, “technology meets traditional storytelling to great effect… De Lellis is an engaging performer who delivers the story with deceptive nonchalance”. Fudgie’s Death has been presented at Calgary’s International Animated Objects Festival, the Transmodern Festival in Baltimore, The Park Theatre in Winnipeg, Links Hall in Chicago, The Great Small Works Toy Theatre Festival at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, REDCAT in Los Angeles, and in Orlando at the Orlando Fringe and Gallery at Avalon Island.


“colorful, elaborate, nightmarish” The Scotsman

“a debt to celebrity-obsessed daytime television brought the fusion of trashy and glam to its peak.” Three Weeks

“a crazy hall of mirrors, flashing bits of a story from multiple angles.. held together by a strong idosyncratic personal aesthetic. And lots of fake fur”
– Puppetry International Magazine

“eccentric adult puppetry that oscillates between adorable, abject, campy, and earnest””  – New Urbanite

“light years away from the child-oriented Muppets universe that Jim Henson introduced.” Calgary Herald

“Technology meets traditional storytelling to great effect… De Lellis is an engaging performer who delivers the story with deceptive nonchalance” Watermark


PROJECT HISTORY

Full Premiere:
2008 Venue 13 (Edinburgh)

Full Workshop:
2008 CalArts (Valencia)

Performance History – Fudgie’s Death (excerpt):

2011 14Karat Cabaret  (Baltimore)
2011 International Festival of Animated Objects (Calgary)
2010 Gallery at Avalon Island (Orlando)
2010 Park Theatre (Winnipeg)
2010 Blue Genes Pub, O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)
2010 St. Ann’s Warehouse (New York City)
2010 Orlando Fringe Festival
2010 Links Hall (Chicago)
2008 REDCAT (Los Angeles)

Exhibition History – Fudgie’s Death:
2008 St. Ann’s Warehouse (New York City)

Performance History – Birthday Trauma (excerpt):
2007 Space Ark (Pasadena)
2007 Coffee House Theatre, CalArts (Valencia, CA)
2006 The Judson Church (New York City)
2006 Everett Dance Theatre / Carriage House (Providence)
2005 Theatre for the New City (New York City)
2005 Coolidge Corner Theatre (Boston)
2005 Perishable Theatre (Providence)
2005 Mad Cow (Orlando)
2005 Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach)

Exhibition History – Birthday Trauma (excerpt):
2009 Gallery at Avalon Island (Orlando)
2007 Acorn Gallery (Los Angeles)
2007 Grand Central Art Center (Santa Ana)
2006 Guilford Art Center, (Guilford, CT)

Performance History – LSD Kills (excerpt):
2004 The Comedy Studio (Boston)
2004 Perishable Theatre (Providence)

Exhibition History – LSD Kills (excerpt):
2004 AS220 (Providence)
2004 Woods-Gerry Gallery (Providence, RI)

RELATED PRESS

2011 – New Urbanite“eccentric adult puppetry that oscillates between adorable, abject, campy, and earnest””

2011 – Calgary Herald – “light years away from the child-oriented Muppets universe that Jim Henson introduced.”

2010 – Brooklyn Independant Television

2010 – Watermark“Technology meets traditional storytelling to great effect… De Lellis is an engaging performer who delivers the story with deceptive nonchalance”

2010 – Chicago Reader Chicago

2010 – Time Out Chicago

2010 –  Feast of Fun #1188 – Raw & Wild Chicago

2010 – Feast of Fun Chicago

2009 – Puppetry International Magazine“a crazy hall of mirrors, flashing bits of a story from multiple angles.. held together by a strong idosyncratic personal aesthetic. And lots of fake fur”

2008 – The Scotsman“colorful, elaborate, nightmarish”

2008 – Three Weeks“a debt to celebrity-obsessed daytime television brought the fusion of trashy and glam to its peak.”

2008 – Edinburgh Fringe Online Review – “the script is sharp and the use of multimedia is fantastic”

2006 – Gilford Corier & The Sound – “an eyecatcher”

2006 – Feast of Fun #216 – Tips & Trends for 2006

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