Blood from a Turnip

Marsian De Lellis + Vanessa Gilbert, 2005, Photo: Tony Yang
Marsian De Lellis + Vanessa Gilbert, 2005, Photo: Tony Yang

From 2004 -2006 I co-curated, co-hosted and frequently peformed at Blood from a Turnip, Rhode Island’s only late night puppetry salon with Vanessa Gilbert, at Perishable theatre in downtown Providence.

Blood from a Turnip was an ongoing evening of short-form puppetry for adults that ran for 19 years in Providence, RI. Co-founded and curated by Vanessa Gilbert,  Blood from a Turnip offered professional puppeteers and those new to the art form an opportunity to present big stories, in miniature. Perishable Theatre ran for over a quarter century in Providence and provided some of the edgiest productions in the state

Curatorial:

October 15th, 2004 – Adam Gerstacov, Marya Errin Jones, Marsian De Lellis

November 19th, 2004 – Bonnie Duncan, Liz Joyce and Tim Lagasse, Jenine Bressner, and Marya Errin Jones.

January 28th, 2005 – David Hanbury, Joan Merwyn, Jeanne Del Giudice, and Jess Da Silva, with interludes by Sara Moore

March 18th, 2005 – puppet films by Kara Walker, Nancy Andrews, Tim Lagasse, Xander Marro, and Dennis Hylnsky with a special late-night screening of Plushie Schwartz Does Fire Island.

May 20th, 2005 – Jim Napolitano, Jessica Crandall, Dan Goldrick, and Leslie Wicks with musical interludes by Matt Everett

November 18th, 2005 – Lady Miss Iris, Evan O’Television, Marya Errin Jones, Vanessa Gilbert, Dan Goldrick, and Marsian De Lellis (separate this Linda from)

January 20th, 2006 – Peter Deffet, Vanessa Gilbert, Carl Wieting, and Bonnie Duncan.

February 17th, 2006 – Jonny Clockworks, Ceili Clemens, Emmy Bean, Dramaton Theatre, Kristen McClean, Sara Frechette, and Jim Sedgwick

February 18th, 2006 – Jonny Clockworks, Ceili Clemens, Emmy Bean, Dramaton Theatre, Kristen McClean, Sara Frechette, and Jim Sedgwick

April 14th, 2006  – Puppet films by: Paul Zaloom, Janie Geiser, Jonny Clockworks, Karen Leo, Jeff Sias, Laura Heit, Steve Johnson, Tony Giordano, Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero, Jo Dery, Maria Dyer, and Christina Spangler.

May 19th, 2006 – Evan O’Television, Geoff Nosach / Eagle Ager, David Higgins, and spoken word interludes by Christopher Johnson.

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Performances:

I also performed my own puppet and object performances on these evenings at Blood from a Turnip:

January 17th, 2003  – Puppet Runway

May 21, 2004Growing Up Linda: LSD Kills

October 15, 2004 – The Adventures of Michael Jackson and the Animals of Neverland Ranch

April 1, 2005 – Special Edition for PSI (Performance Studies International Conference) – The Adventures of Michael Jackson and the Animals of Neverland Ranch

November 18th, 2005 – Growing Up Linda: Birthday Trauma

July 2006 – Special Edition at the Revolving Museum in Lowell, MA – Rango Tango

Related Hosting:

April 2, 2011 – Puppet Cabaret, Nafe Katter Theatre, Storrs, CT with Vanessa Gilbert, Great Small Works, Big Nazo, Michael Sommers, and Kate Brehm