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!