We once performed Romeo and Juliet at the Oregon Country Faire to an audience that included topless feminists. The stage we performed on was built by Ken Kesey.
When we performed in Montreal (at the Just For Laughs Festival) the festival organizers paired us with an opening act: Stevie ‘The Regurgitator’ Starr. Audiences were treated to both Shakespeare and regurgitation in one entertaining package (a tradition continued to this day).
A priest played Ophelia in Ireland.
In the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game, Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor each have a Bacon Factor of 1 because we performed voices in Balto, the title role of which was played by…Kevin Bacon.
The RSC was fired from Balto once Spielberg left Auschwitz where he’d been shooting Schindler’s List. They used our voices in the background, though.
The RSC holds the world record for the fastest ever performance of Hamlet. There was an East German troupe who did it faster, but their Ophelia tested positive for steroids and was disqualified.
In 1997, the RSC had three shows running in the West End (Shakespeare, America, Bible), only one fewer than Andrew Lloyd Webber. To date, none of the RSC have married Sarah Brightman, but Adam’s passion for Helena Bonham Carter continues undiminished.
Austin acted opposite Camryn Manheim and Michael Badalucco on The Practice, then Richard Schiff on The West Wing. Each one of them won Emmys for that season. Coincidence? You decide.
Reed is a former Ringling Bros’ Circus Clown and Assistant Ringmaster and played 84 cities in two years (over a thousand performances), including Madison Square Garden and the New Orleans Superdome.
Dee Ryan was the first woman to perform with the RSC since its early days at Renaissance Faires two decades ago. She joined to perform in and contribute Additional Material to Millennium. She was followed by Megan Dennis, Betsy Pennington, Taylor Young, and Rachel Hamilton, who created the roles of “Megan,” “Betsy,”, “Taylor,” and (oddly enough) “Raquel.”
The RSC has broken box office records at the Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Seattle Repertory Theater, McCarter Theater, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
When we were originally developing our act at the Renaissance Faire we were coached by Greg Dean (aka The Obscene Juggler). He taught us martial arts and neurolinguistic programming. All we wanted to learn was pointers on passing the hat.
Joan Rivers came backstage to congratulate us on a great show. She was on her way to QVC to sell jewelry.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and The Complete History of America (abridged) were the longest running comedies in London.
Celebrities that have seen the RSC include Charlton Heston (who loved America in London; you can hear about it here), Newt and Calista Gingrich (who loved America in Washington), John Cleese, Stephen Sondheim, and Emo Phillips, Jon Voight, Shelley Duvall, Prince Edward, Sir Ian McKellen, Secretaries of State George Schultz and Colin Powell, Shelley Long, Cameron Macintosh, Bill Irwin, Kevin Spacey, Luis Valdez, Robert Siegel (of NPR fame), Peter Bonerz (“Jerry the Dentist” from the original Bob Newhart show), Walter Bobbie (directed Chicago & Cabaret on Broadway), Ann Reinking (ex-wife of Bob Fosse and choreographed Chicago), Adolph Green, Betty Comden, and Imogene Coca. Plus, Robert Brustein saw (and booked) the RSC.
Adam Long condensed 20 novels (including War and Peace and The Odyssey) into sixty-second rants for Disney online. They are calledLast Minute Book Reports.