Jake and Tiny site on a crate

FupDuck 2012 featuring The White Ghost Shivers, Devo Carpenter, Zac Crofford, Connor Hopkins, Joe Carpenter, Parker Dority, and Gricelda Silva.

Fup Duck

Whiskey, Banjos and Ruckus


“FupDuck is a puppet show with a lot of other stuff going on … unlike some shows one might see in which there’s a live band over on one side and a play on the other.” – Austin Chronicle

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

Winner of B. Iden Paynes for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy & Outstanding Original Script (2012)

Recipient of a Henson Foundation Project Grant