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. Glass Half Full’s workshop performance in 2010 made The Chronicle’s Top Ten List of Art “Things” that year—acknowledging that FupDuck is more than a play— it’s Chris Gibson spinning you a yarn, with rollicking live music from Austin’s darling of the old time music scene, The White Ghost Shivers. Now we have received a prestigious grant from the Jim Henson Foundation and support from the Creative Fund to present the completed production.
The Puppets: 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.
*NOTE TO PARENTS: 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. Special prices for children at matinees. Recommended for children ages 8 and up.
IF YOU WANT TO BRING YOUR CHILD TO AN EVENING SHOW AT THE CHILD’S PRICE, USE THIS PASSWORD ON BROWN PAPER TICKETS: Potty Mouth.