Birthday Trauma

  • Growing Up Linda: Birthday Trauma, ©2005, Marsian De Lellis

Growing Up Linda was an ensemble actor-puppetry performance in which a woman who believes she’s the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past.  In Birthday Trauma, a scene from Growing Up Linda, Linda recounts the events of her fifth birthday when she first started communicating with food.

Reclined on a chez lounge chair in her therapist’s office she flashes back to the party where daddy presents her with the very first Cookie Puss cake. Little Linda becomes enamored when Cookie Puss starts talking to her. But Cookie Puss doesn’t just talk to her, he love-bombs her. Out of view they take a wild ride in his flying saucer to Planet Birthday where they profess eternal love for one other. Upon their return, daddy and the hungry guests sing Happy Birthday and demand that Linda cut the cake. She resists, but daddy strong-hands her into dismembering her new companion for consumption.


Avalon Gallery Island 

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 at 6:00PM
Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 15th 6:00PM-9:00PM

Venue 13 

Friday, August 8th, 2008 at 12PM
Saturday August 9th, 2008 at 12PM
Sunday, August 10th, 2008 at 5PM
Tuesday,  August 12th, 2008 at 5PM
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 at 5PM
Thursday, August 14th, 2008 at 5PM
Friday, August 15th, 2008 at 5PM
Saturday, August 16th, 2008 at 5PM
Sunday, August 17th, 2008 at 5PM


Wednesday May 7th, 2008 at 8:00PM
Thursday, May 8th, 2008 at 8:00PM
Friday, May 9th, 2008 at 8:00PM
Saturday May 10th, 2008 at 2:00PM
Saturday May 10th, 2008 at 8:00PM

Acorn Gallery 
Los Angeles

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Space Ark 
Highland Park

Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 9:00PM

Grand Central Art Center
Santa Ana

Saturday, April 7, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007

Exquisite Acts
+ Everyday Rebellions 
Valencia, California

Thursday, March 1, 2007
at 9:00PM

The Judson Church 
New York City

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Guilford Art Center,
Guilford, Connecticut

Friday March 17, 2006
Saturday, April 30, 2006

Opening Reception
Friday, March 17, 2006

Everett Dance Theatre /
Carriage House 
Providence, Rhode Island

Friday, February 10, 2006 at 8:00PM
Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 7:00PM

Theatre for the New City 
New York City

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Coolidge Corner Theatre 

Friday, December 2, 2005

Perishable Theatre 

Friday, November 18, 2005

Mad Cow 

Sunday, November 6, 2005

Atlantic Center for the Arts 
New Smyrna Beach

Saturday, October 29, 2005


Puppetry International Magazine
April 2009

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

ED Fringe
August 15, 2008

“The acting is great, the script is sharp and the use of multimedia is fantastic”

The Scotsman
August 14, 2008

“colorful, elaborate, nightmarish”

Three Weeks
August 10, 2008

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

Gilford Courier
April 13, 2006

“eye catching”

New Haven Register
April 8, 2006

“wicked humor and edginess”

March 2006

Providence Phoenix
February 2, 2006

Feast of Fun #216,
January 3, 2006


Boston Herald
December 12, 2005

Orlando Sentinel
November, 4 2005

Daytona Beach News Journal
October 27, 2005