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Glass Half Full Presents The Cucuy Project Film & Theater

  • Dougherty Arts Center
  • 1110 Barton Springs Rd.
  • Austin, TX 78704
  • September 14, 2018
    September 15, 2018
    September 21, 2018
    September 22, 2018
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Price: Advanced purchase of $10 and up guarantees you a seat. Pay-What-You-Can for remaining seats at the door.

The Cucuy Project is a Work-in-Progress sharing of an original Latinx horror/ suspense play featuring puppetry and live performers from Glass Half Full Theatre, presented in coordination with the Dougherty Arts Center.

Glass Half Full Theatre (Puppetry and Physical Theater of Objects & Ideas, in coordination with Dougherty Arts Center presents The Cucuy Project, a work-in-progress sharing and post-performance discussion of the topics (immigration, ICE, detention, Latino Folklore) that are the foundation of this new work from Glass Half Full Theatre.

Jesus Valles and Gricelda Silva play undocumented Latin American siblings living in Texas in the apartment of their older cousin (Lori Navarrete). In the midst of sweeping ICE raids, the older brother draws on the Latino tradition of telling terrifying stories to children (to make them behave) to train his little sister on tactics to avoid immigration agents. (Stay hidden. Don't speak. Don't resist.) Left alone, the siblings apply everything they know about escaping the boogeymen of their imaginations to avoid the very real threat of ICE agents who intend to tear their family apart.

The cast is supported by a team of puppeteer/ actors (Indigo Rael, Marina DeYoe-Pedraza, and Connor Hopkins) who bring terrifying creatures from Latino storytelling tradition to life in this horror/ suspense live performance.

The Cucuy Project is a bilingual work devised by the director (Caroline Reck) and the cast. Glass Half Full Theatre is working with folklorist Emily Socolov and various local groups that support the rights of immigrants and detainees to support our story-making. The design team for this workshop includes K. Eliot Haynes, Rachel Atkinson, Caroline Reck, and Connor Hopkins. Stage Management by Zac Crofford. The final production will open next year, September 2019, at the culmination of our Residency at the Dougherty Arts Center.


“Glass Half Full Theater has netted . . . considerable critical acclaim for its inventive blend of puppetry and physical storytelling.” -Austin-American Statesman

“The company provides full value, playing with (not against) the audience, and reveals its innovative spirit and high creativity as it does so. This is a company to follow. “ -CTX, Austin.

Glass Half Full Theatre creates original work featuring puppets and human actors, often around themes of environmental protection, social justice, and the consequences of human error, with an imaginative and comedic bent. Glass Half Full Theatre has received multiple grants from the Jim Henson Foundation to create new work, and received dozens of Austin theater award nominations, earning Outstanding Original Script, Direction, Acting and Puppetry from the B. Iden Payne awards, and The David Mark Cohen New Play Award, Visionary Vivifier Award, and Sound Design and Acting Awards from The Austin Critic’s Table. Recent shows include Polly Mermaid: Apocalypse Wow, Don Quixote de la Re-Do, Petra and the Wolf, Cenicienta, The Missionary Position Trilogy, Once There Were Six Seasons, The Orchid Flotilla, Simple Sundries, and FupDuck.

Glass Half Full Theatre is a sponsored Project of the Austin Creative Alliance. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin and by a residency at the Dougherty Arts Center.

The City of Austin is proud to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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  • Advanced purchase of $10 and up guarantees you a seat. Pay-What-You-Can for remaining seats at the door.