UPDATE: Click to go to the FupDuck page at Facebook
UPDATE: Review by Cate Blouke in the Statesman's Seeing Things blog, August 15
UPDATE:Review by Dawn Youngs for www.austin.culturemap.com, August 15
UPDATE: Click to go to KUT.org for Mike Lee's two-minute audio profile
Tabletop Puppetry and Live Americana Music
adapted and directed by Caroline Reck and accompanied by the White Ghost Shivers
August 10th -25, Thursdays-Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m., plus a 3 p.m. matinee on August 25
Salvage Vanguard Theatre, 2803 E. Manor Road, Austin, TX, 78722 (click for map)
Tickets: $8 children/ $12-$25 adults via
[*3PM Matinees will feature gentler language for parents who don’t want to expose their children to a foul-mouthed old geezer of a puppet. Family-Friendly matinee shows recommended for children ages 8 and up.]
Granddaddy Jake is a foul-mouthed, back-woods octogenarian who receives unexpected custody of his grandson Tiny, a child as gentle as Jake is cantankerous. Fup is their ornery twenty-pound duck, who embodies both chaos and heartfelt wisdom. The story explores this non-traditional family’s diverse obsessions, namely whiskey-brewing, fence-building, checkers, and an enthusiasm for sitting still. Granddaddy Jake's memories of his conversations with Johnny Seven Moons, the local Medicine Man, and Tiny and Fup's ongoing feud with the wild boar, Lockjaw, lead to a wry examination of what it means to live and how it is to die.
Click to read Wayne Alan Brenner's comments in the Austin Chronicle of the production in March, 2010 ("Live music by the White Ghost Shivers made this puppet adaptation complete")
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Glass Half Full Theatre (Austin Critic’s Circle Nominee for Best Theatrical Event of 2012), features Puppetry & Physical Theatre of Objects and Ideas, and local legends The White Ghost Shivers, known for their “insane collision of ragtime, jazz, swing, bluegrass, cabaret, and vaudeville” present FupDuck, an original Tabletop Puppetry performance for Adults and Also Children who already know the F-word,* accompanied by live Old Time Americana Music. FupDuck is an adaptation of the novela Fup, by Jim Dodge, an anti-authoritarian fable about whiskey, ducks, life, death, and the untamed spirit of the West, adapted and directed by Caroline Reck, and funded in part by the Jim Henson Foundation.
Directed & Adapted by Caroline Reck
Narration and Voices by: Chris Gibson
Puppeteers: Connor Hopkins, Gricelda Silva, Noel Gaulin, Devo Carpenter, Parker Dority, Joe Carpenter, & Zac Crofford
Live Music by The White Ghost Shivers
Puppets by Caroline Reck
Lighting Design by Stephen Pruitt
Scenic Design by Connor Hopkins
Costumes by Lucy Cunningham
HISTORY: Trouble Puppet Theater invited puppeteer & director Caroline Reck to Austin to stage a workshop production of FupDuck in 2010 as part of their Resident Artist Program. She connected with the White Ghost Shivers and together they concocted a three performance run which made The Chronicle’s Top Ten List of Art “Things” that year. Now Glass Half Full Theatre has received a prestigious grant from the Jim Henson Foundation and from the Creative Fund to present the completed production of FupDuck.
FOR MORE INFORMATION visit www.glasshalffulltheatre.com or email
Glass Half Full Theatre creates puppetry and physical theatre of objects and ideas, devising visually driven narratives inspired by the momentous issues that humankind confronts across the globe. Our goal is to share stories that are generous, not only in their core content and narratives, but in the deeper invitations they contain: to imagine, to participate, to question, and to strive for meaning. The company was formed in Paris, France in 2003 by a group of students from the Ecole Internationale de Theatre, Jacques Lecoq and was based in Paris and Baltimore before settling in Austin, Texas in 2010. Glass Half Full Theatre is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance, and is funded in part by The Jim Henson Foundation and The Creative Fund.