This month I will be workshopping a section from my new script Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups as an Artist in Residence at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center – with performances on June 16th and 17th at the culmination of the National Puppetry Conference.
Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups is a morbid comedy centered on a disgruntled dollhouse maker turned investigator. Vivian Nutt builds dioramas of unsolved murders, only to be discovered that she is in fact the killer who has committed these very crimes. In Model Killer, I am creating a universe in which the viewer is invited to reconsider female serial killers, the historically feminine craft of miniatures, and murder as entertainment.
How is our perception of gender colored through the lens of aggression? Can injecting the idealized settings of dollhouses with the macabre, expose the fraud of domestic tranquility? Are Vivian’s attempts to construct a world that fits her model of justice by eliminating problematic people out-of-scale with their transgressions? These are a few of the questions I will take a stab at.
I’m also doing some last minute fundraising for this project through Fractured Atlas… So if you’re looking for a write-off and like supporting interdisciplinary artist-writers who construct visual narratives that memorialize obsessional lives – you can make a secure online donation through Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of Marsian De Lellis are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Extra special thanks to the O’Neill Theater Center and the Walt Disney Company for helping to make this residency possible.