LSD Kills

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LSD Kills, was first installment of Growing Up Linda, which was developed episodically at Blood from a Turnip, Rhode Island’s only late night puppetry salon, through an Atlantic Center for the Arts residency, and while a graduate student at the Cotsen Center for Puppetry and The Arts at CalArts.

In LSD Kills, Linda Carvel discovers that the hot dog she has purchased shortly after taking acid is talking to her.  Realizing that this is part of her trip, she bites into the hot dog. But it won’t stop screaming, so impulsively, she stomps on it before running away. For LSD Kills,  I appropriated the audio track from an educational warning video, “Case Study: LSD”.

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 a “colorful, elaborate, nightmarish piece of theatre” while Three Weeks celebrated it for itsfusion of trashy and glam”.


PROJECT HISTORY

Full Premiere:
2008 Venue 13 (Edinburgh)

Full Workshop:
2008 CalArts (Valencia)

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:

“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, 2009

“colorful, elaborate, nightmarish”
The Scotsman, 2008

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