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Press Release: Onstage Production of Fup

Layout 1HSU Book of the Year Reader’s Theatre presented by the Fup-Ducked Readers

Fup, the Book of the Year by Humboldt State University Professor Jim Dodge will be presented in Reader’s Theatre Style:

  • Friday April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Humboldt County Library Large Meeting Room;
  • Saturday April 26 at 1 p.m. at the College of the Redwoods Humanities Building 110;
  • May 2 & 3 at 7 p.m. at the HSU Studio Theatre;
  • and final show at the same venue May 4 at 2 p.m.

All performances are free. HSU Communications Instructor James Floss and the Fup-Ducked Readers, a group of seasoned Chamber Reader Alumni, will stage a word-for-word adaptation of Dodge’s acclaimed novella. Please note that all of Jim Dodge’s salty language is intact. This adaptation also includes a student created visual accompaniment. The studio Theatre Venue will have scenic elements and lighting. Fup is a book about love, magic, death and transcendence. The Sacramento Bee heralds Fup as “often eloquent, and always funny, Fup is a contemporary tall tale that ranks with the best.” The Los Angeles Times warns that “nothing… prepares us for the miraculous transfiguration that brings Fup to its haunting conclusion.”

About the Fup-Ducked Readers:

James Floss has been teaching Oral Interpretation at Humboldt State University for nearly 30 years. He has brought eight novels to stage and radio, including H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine. His featured role is of the boar, Lockjaw.

Bob E. Wells has acted on the stage at all venues in Humboldt County, Granada TV, Manchester England, and in several movies, studied at ELA College and Dell’Arte International, and was a radio DJ in Southern California and Humboldt. He plays Grandaddy Jake in this production. Bob was able to share his love of literature for many years as a proud member of Chamber Readers.

Francene Rizza, a main narrator (and Emma Gadderly) has been involved in theatre in Humboldt for many years and worked and directed with Chamber Readers for about nine years. Recently she was a part of the cast of Grave Matters at the Fortuna Cemetery.

Guthrie L’Herogan, who plays Tiny Makhurst, has acted in a small number of plays at Humboldt including the original production of Wendy Williams’ “Range of Light”. He is currently pursuing a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Business at HSU.

Sally L’Herogan, the other main narrator, has read and directed with the Chamber Readers and did much at the Pacific Art Center Theatre in Arcata. She is dipping a toe back in the theatrical pond after many years of pretending with preschoolers.

Terry Desch, Fup herself, has been quacking along the North Coast theatrical pond for the last 33 years with her Drake, Anthony, and her now grown duckling, Benjamin.

Lynnie Horrigan has been a scenographic designer internationally and is thrilled to be part of this centennial production as the set and lighting designer.

Beau Hopkins, a Communication Department major, created a slide show as scenic background. Come hear the precision of language brought to life and framed by some of the North Coast’s brightest talents.

Again, all performances are free. We hope to see you there!

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Dates for the Live Production of Fup

jmf2As part of HSU/CR’s ongoing Book of the Year events honoring Jim Dodge’s book, Fup, James Floss, Lecturer in the HSU Department of Communication, will be bringing a live, word-for-word production of Fup to several locations in Humboldt County.

The live production of Fup will be a full-length 2-hour show with intermission. The live production and reading of Fup will be performed by Floss, Terry Desch, Sally and Guthrie L’Herogan, Bonnie Mesinger, Lynne Wells, and Bob Wells.

Following are the dates and times of the live production of Fup:

  • Friday, April 25th at 7pm at the Humboldt County Library
  • Saturday, April 26th at 1pm the College of the Redwoods

The show will also be performed at the HSU Studio Theatre on the following dates:

  • Friday and Saturday, May 2nd & 3rd at 7pm
  • Sunday, May 4th at 2pm

Please contact the HSU Library or James Floss with any questions about the Fup performance.

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Live Production of Fup Coming to Humboldt County

James Floss, Lecturer in the HSU Department of Communication, is working on bringing a live production of Fup to Humboldt County in April and May.

Stay tuned for more information.

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Community Reception with Jim Dodge

BOTY_Showcase_PosterMarch is the HSU Library’s Centennial Showcase Month and we have a number of exhibits, events, and speakers lined up to celebrate the library’s Centennial month (click here for a full listing of events:

As part of the HSU Library’s Showcase Month, and the ongoing 2013/2014 Book of the Year events, HSU and the College of the Redwoods (CR) will be hosting a Community Reception with Jim Dodge on Friday, March 28, 7:00-8:30pm at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center in downtown Eureka.

Mark the date on your calendar and come on down to the Aquatic Center to meet author and HSU Professor, Jim Dodge. Refreshments will be provided! See you there!

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Jim Dodge Reading from Fup at College of the Redwoods

large_logoHere is a link to the video of Jim Dodge reading from his HSU/CR Book of the Year, Fup. Professor Dodge spoke at College of the Redwoods (CR) on November 15, 2013 in honor of his book being selected as the 2013/2014 Book of the Year.

The video is available here at the CR website:

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Jim Dodge Reading Now Available on Humboldt Digital Scholar

jimdodgeIn case you weren’t able to make Jim Dodge’s reading of his book Fup on November 5th, the event is now available for viewing on Humboldt Digital Scholar (HDS):

HDS provides access to recordings of lectures and special events that take place on the HSU campus. HDS recorded events are available through the library catalog.

The Dodge event was a success and we encourage you to visit the link above and watch Professor Dodge reading fro his book. The video is complete with Jerry Martien’s introduction. You can watch the video in .mp3 or html format. Enjoy!

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Upcoming Book of the Year Events!

jimdodgeThe HSU/CR Book of the Year Committee is excited to announce two upcoming book readings and signing events with Jim Dodge. Dodge, author of the 2013/2014 Book of the Year, will read selections from his book Fup at two upcoming events at Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods. Book signings and refreshments will follow both events:



Upcoming calendar of Book of the Year Events:

HSU Goodwin Forum
Tuesday, November 5th at 7:30pm

College of the Redwoods New Theater
Friday, November 15, 10:00am

Fup is available both online and at the HSU and CR bookstores. Stay tuned for more information about Jim Dodge and the HSU/CR Book of the Year events.


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Fup selected as the HSU/CR 2013-2014 Book of the Year!

fup iconJim Dodge’s Fup has been selected as the HSU/CR 2013-2014 Book of the Year. Fup, originally published in 1983, is a work of fiction that tells the story of Jake Santee, his grandson “Tiny,” and Fup, their adopted mallard living on a farm in the hills of western Sonoma County. We also learn about the back-story that brings Jake, a gambler who travels the West, and Tiny, a young man who loves building fences on a farm with no livestock, together with Fup, an eccentric duck with a fondness for drinking moonshine.

The Los Angeles Times described Fup as a “contemporary California fable of transcendent charm, wisdom, and beauty.” The book was re-released in 2011 in a new, updated edition and can be found in the HSU bookstore and online.

Jim Dodge grew up in Sonoma County and received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. Since 1995, Jim has been a faculty member in the English Department at Humboldt State University.

Stay tuned to this website for news and upcoming events related to HSU/CR’s 2013-2014 Book of the Year!

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