Holy Land Hamlet

It’s a podcast bar mitzvah! The Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast became a man last week when it celebrated its 13th birthday while we were performing Hamlet’s Big Adventure! (a prequel) in Israel. To honor that special occasion, we gathered in Molly Bloom’s, Tel Aviv’s traditional Irish pub, to talk about how Israeli audiences responded to the show. Featuring universal cultural references, slowing down the pace, dealing with the heaviest sword in the world, people surprised by the number of actors, miraculous costume changes, combining parodies in a The Court Jester/Hamilton mashup, and the pleasure of pleasing both Shakespeare nerds and neophytes. (Length 23:35)

Red Fox Theatre

Playwright Ellen Margolis (left )saw the Red Fox Theatre production of Catch of the Day (short-listed for Best Musical at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe) and the experience of seeing it was as wonderful as the show itself. Ellen discusses how all the extra-theatrical elements combined to make a magical evening at the theatre even more so, and shares insights into the nature of crazy fish stories, excellent marketing materials, local hand-held guidance, uniting the audience through the power of a Van Morrison singalong, tales of Fungie the Dolphin, kindred reduced spirits, worldwide Fringe experiences, and further adventures within the comedy industrial complex. (Length 19:09)

Romeo And Juliet

The current Chicago Shakespeare Theatre production of Romeo And Juliet completely reinvigorates Shakespeare’s most famous play, emphasizing frequently overlooked themes and giving events an intense urgency that accentuates both the comedy and the tragedy. Director Barbara Gaines (who’s also CST’s founding artistic director) talks about what finally drew her to the play and how she emphasized certain things while eschewing too much romanticization; how she underscores the dangers of cycles repeating endlessly; creates powerful final images: how every Shakespeare play can be improved by setting it in a high school; how she adds tension and comedy to the balcony scene; gives us a reduced history of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; and the wonderful but maybe not too surprising relationship between Chicago Shakes and Second City. (Length 24:02) (Pictured: Brittany Bellizeare and Edgar Miguel Sanchez in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Barbara Gaines. Photo by Liz Lauren.)

Steadfast Tin Soldier

Standup Vs. Improv

Shakespeare Rocks Tonight

Doug The Time-Traveler

All About Ophelia

Creating Hamlet’s Adventure

Playing Historical Characters

Sharing Great Theatre

The Devil’s Work

Into The Woods

Man About Town

Completing The Canon

The Impostors Theatre

Glory Of ‘Ensemble’

Tales Of Edinburgh

Mary Magdalene Revelations

The Web Opera

We Debate ‘Shipoopi’

Weird Old Man

History of Vaudeville

Dueling Chicago Hamlets

Fighting Writers Block

Courting Mr. Lincoln

Shakespeare Cult Blueprints

The Winter’s Tale

Balancing Twelfth Night

Discussing Twelfth Night

Other Famous Prequels

High School Bard

Hamlet’s Big Adventure!

Shakespeare In The Shadows

Theatre Communications Group

Mary Poppins Kerfuffle

The Viola Project

Jasper’s ‘Early Riser’

‘Ma Rainey’s’ Band

Remembering Stanley Donen

Episode 637. History Of Blackface

Episode 636. All Is True?

Episode 635. Department Of Curiosity

Episode 634. Marya’s New ‘Tempest’

Episode 633. ‘Nerdy’ Brian Posehn

Episode 632. Preparing And Doing

Episode 631. Joe Dempsey’s Mechanical

Episode 630. The Sonnet Man

Episode 629. 2018’s Top Podcasts

Episode 628. Very Reduced ‘Christmas’

Episode. 627. Doctor Of Reduction

Episode 626. Journalist Nellie Bly

Episode 625. Actor Turned Educator

Episode 624. Shakespearean Youth Theatre

Episode 623. Orsino And Othello