Whiskey, Banjos & Ruckus
Recipient of a Henson Foundation Project Grant
Winner of B. Iden Paynes for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy & Outstanding Original Script (2012)
Based on the novela Fup by Jim Dodge, FupDuck centers on a foul-mouthed, back-woods octogenarian Jake and his gentle giant of a grandson, Tiny. Fup is their ornery twenty-pound duck.
The story follows this non-traditional family’s ongoing feud with the wild boar, Lockjaw, who leads them to a wry examination of what it means to live and how it is to die. Featuring large-scale practical hand puppets and accompanied by live honky-tonk ruckus from the Austin’s own “insane collision of ragtime, jazz, swing, bluegrass, cabaret, and vaudeville” The White Ghost Shivers.
Directed and Adapted (from FupDuck by Jim Dodge) by Caroline Reck
Featuring Connor Hopkins, Gricelda Silva, Parker Dority, Joe Carpenter, Devo Carpenter, Noel Gaulin, Zac Crofford, Chris Gibson, and the White Ghost Shivers.
Lighting Design by Stephen Pruitt, Scenic Design by Connor Hopkins, Puppets by Caroline Reck.
Performances: Salvage Vanguard – Austin TX (2012). The Fort – Baltimore, MD (2009)