THE BIBLE (abridged) UK Tour 2014


Following the sell-out success of their 2013 UK Tour it’s apocalypse now as the three cultural guerrillas of The Reduced Shakespeare Company set their reductive sites on the good book with The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged).  Continue reading

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Episode 384. Arts and Ambassadors

Chris SidewaysAmbassador Chris Stevens would’ve turned fifty-four this Friday so to celebrate, Austin Tichenor talks about how the performing arts helped make his old friend the man he was. Featuring unique theatrical lessons, Rap Othello excerpts, the value of singing different notes, unfortunate high school haircuts, finding harmony amidst the discord, mild parental bragging, and thoughts on how we might be able to find the next Chris Stevens. Recorded live at Phillips Exeter Academy on October 11, 2013. (Length 17:53)

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Episode 383. Meet The Darwins

Screenshot 2014-04-07 16.22.54Playwright Sara Gmitter talks about her new play In The Garden: A Darwinian Love Story (now getting its world premiere at the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago), which explores the long and successful romance between Charles and Emma Darwin: A woman who believed in God and heaven and salvation — and the man who wrote The Origin of Species. Featuring rehearsal discoveries, the challenges of titles, the value of comedy, the importance of respect, making the intellectual emotional and the political personal, balancing the absurd with the tragic, Hollywood taglines, and a surprisingly rare sympathetic portrayal of a person of faith. (Length 22:17)

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Episode 382. Bible Boys Update

The Bible: The Complete Word of god (abridged) - UK TOURAs our UK tour of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) is two-thirds of the way through it’s three and a half month tour of the UK and Ireland, it seemed high time to hear from producer Davey Naylor and actors Richard Ede, David Ellis, William Meredith, and (faintly from the driver’s seat of the van) Gary Fannin about how it’s all going. Featuring a new definition of ‘air guitar’, lovely theaters, culinary delights, reduced protests, weird accent mixtures, scheduling announcements, shoddy kettle workmanship, cutting edge podcasting, and the strange and utterly fascinating British obsession with roads. (Length 17:12)

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Episode 381. Acting With Masks

Reed, Austin, Commedia in COMEDYRob Richards is the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he recently directed Austin Tichenor’s adaptation of Frankenstein. He’s also an actor, mask maker, and puppeteer, and this week the two old friends talk about the appeal of masks in both theatrical production and rehearsals. Featuring questions of status, delightful juicy risk, obligatory and legally-mandated Billy Joel quotes, memories of kissing Calista, unfortunate productions of Much Ado About Nothing, confused sailing metaphors, and the dangers of being a character actor trapped in a leading man’s body. (Length 17:18)

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Episode 380. Sacrificing RSC Virgins

The Reduced Shakespeare Company PodcastVeteran Bay Area actors Dodds Delzell and John Tichenor made their RSC debuts last week (performing Sports in Wisconsin) and talk about what it’s like to get called up to the Show. Featuring the trickiness of scheduling, the challenges of learning the lines on your own, the complications of adding props and costumes, the safety net built into the company style, the cushion of fantastic audience response, a special appearance by Mad Men’s Joel Murray, and the difficulty of jumping on the RSC treadmill. (Length 19:59)

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