Performance Photos by Steve Rogers: LA MALETA DE MAEBELL (MAEBELL'S SUITCASE), Glass Half Full Theatre at The Vortex, Austin

(Photos by Steve Rogers)

(via Glass Half Full )

 Maebelle and her friend, a migratory bird, teach one another how to remember and how to let go of things. A bilingual adaptation of a celebrated & beloved picture book for all ages, featuring various styles of puppetry, environmental themes, & Colombian music by Kiko Villamizar. Featuring puppetry and performance by Stephanie Vasquez Fonseca and Gricelda Silva. Directed by Caroline Reck.


Maebelle y su amigo, un pájaro migratorio, se enseñan a sí mismos cómo acordarse y cómo dejarse de las cosas. Una adaptación bilingüe del celebrado y querido libro ilustrado para todas las edades, con variados estilos de títeres, temas ambientales y música Colombiana de Kiko Villamizar.  Interpretación de Stephanie Vasquez Fonseca y Gricelda Silva. Dirigido por Caroline Reck.

One-hundred-and-eight-year-old Maebelle has a lot of hats. And every year she makes a hat for the town's annual hat contest. One-hundred-and-eight-year-old Maebelle has a lot of friends. And every year her friends fly south for the winter. But this year, one of her friends is left behind. Young Binkle is afraid to leave home without his beloved possessions. So he packs his things into one of Maebelle's suitcases. But he can't fly with it. It is too heavy. 

Maebelle has worked hard on her hat entry. She is very pleased with her work. But her friend Binkle needs help. She must persuade him to leave his things behind. 

This is a warm, funny story about two friends who act purely out of love. And both characters are equally unforgettable.

A heartwarming bilingual journey inspired by Maebelle’s Suitcase by Tricia Tusa, brought to life for audiences of all ages in a world premiere production. Join Maebelle as she embarks on a whimsical adventure, befriending Binkle, a bird with a migration dilemma. As Maebelle generously offers her cherished suitcase from her own migration from Colombia, she delves into profound reflections on the significance of our possessions and memories. 


Through laughter and tears, they discover the beauty of remembrance and the liberating power of letting go. Don't miss this enchanting tale celebrating friendship, cultural heritage, and the universal lessons found within the stories of our lives.


(photo by Steve Rogers)


Please spread the word about our newest show for all ages (recommended for six to one hundred and six). It’s got our trademark, complex-yet-simple vibes, original music from an incredible musical team led by Colombian musician Francisco (Kiko) Villamizar, and staging and scripting for the stage from the team that brought you Don Quixote de la Redo and Yamel Cucuy: Caroline Reck and Gricelda Silva. Austin Improv All Star Stephanie Vasquez Fonseca stars as Maebelle, with Gricelda puppeteering Binkle the bird. 

Henry Castillo, a performer and performance scholar from Cali, Colombia, has helped us with cultural research and colloquial language.  Guest puppet fabricator Anatar Marmol Gagne is visiting from Connecticut by way of Venezuela to collaborate on the puppets with Caroline. Kelli Blandis bringing the characters from the page to the stage with original costumes for both puppets and people.  Connor Hopkins is working with fabric artist Sara Mendoza on a fabulous set featuring a puppet scale treehouse. And the images from the book come to life thanks to Kade Conklin’s extraordinary prop fabrications. Sound Design from K. Eliot Haynes and Lighting by Rachel Atkinson. Shout out to Jennifer Rose Davis, Khristián Mendez Aguire, and Melissa McKnight for providing some crafting support.


La Maleta de Maebelle (Maebell's Suitcase)
by Tricia Tusa, adapted by Caroline Reck
Glass Half Full Theatre

June 14 - June 29, 2024
The Vortex
2307 Manor Road
Austin, TX, 78722

June 14th through June 29th, 2024

Thursdays through Sundays. Performances at 7 PM, with 4 PM matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.