Growing Up Linda

Growing Up Linda was an ensemble actor-puppetry performance that looked at the off-kilter world of the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul. During its run in 2008 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 and through a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach. 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.


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 New York, REDCAT in Los Angeles, and the Orlando Fringe.

“colorful, elaborate, nightmarish”

– The Scotsman
2008 (Edinburgh), on Growing Up Linda

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

– Three Weeks
2008 (Edinburgh), on Growing Up Linda

“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
2009, on Growing Up Linda

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

 – New Urbanite
2011, Baltimore, on Fudgie’s Death

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

– Calgary Herald
2011, on Fudgie’s Death and Object/Fetish

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

– Watermark
2010 (Orlando), on Fudgie’s Death


2008 Edinburgh Fringe
2008 CalArts (Valencia)


2011 International Festival of Animated Objects (Calgary)
2011 14 Karat Cabaret / Maryland Art Place (Baltimore)
2010 St. Ann’s Warehouse (New York City)
2010 Links Hall (Chicago)
2010 Park Theatre (Winnipeg)
2009 St. Ann’s Warehouse (New York City)
2008 REDCAT (Los Angeles)
2007 Space Ark (Pasadena)
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)
2004 The Comedy Studio (Boston)
2004 Perishable Theatre (Providence)