Comparing Twelfth Nights

To celebrate Twelfth Night, we compare different productions of Shakespeare’s great comedy with Dee Ryan, adjunct professor at Northwestern University and president of the North Shore Shakespeare Society, and actress Elizabeth Dennehy, who recently directed Twelfth Night at the Los Angeles County School for the Arts. Featuring shout-outs to productions at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; the Stratford Festival (with music by Michael Roth & Des MacAnuff), the South Australian State Theatre with Geoffrey Rush, Chicago’s Writer’s Theatre, and the Amanda Bynes film She’s The Man; how Twelfth Night got its title (and subtitle); how and when to make sure scene transitions flow as well as the play itself; the virtue of outright theft; how the play is NOT the tragedy of Malvolio; inspiration from the musical Once; Lear-like Orsinos; cleansing rains; shout-outs to Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Oklahoma! and San Diego Repertory Theatre’s The Humans; valentine reviews; pairing Antonio and Aguecheek; the benefits of isolating your Olivia; shout-outs to Caitlin McWethy and Abby Lee (pictured above); the food chain of status-climbing; and, as ever, the promise of getting it better…next time. (Length 27:50) (Pictured: Abby Lee as Olivia, Caitlin McWethy as Viola, and cast of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company production of Twelfth Night, directed by Austin Tichenor. Photos by Mikki Schaffner Photography.)

Advice For Actors

For the last podcast of the decade, we answer the two biggest questions we’re regularly asked: What advice do you have for young actors; and when will you tour the UK again?! Featuring advice both practical and philosophical; tips for auditioning; advice from Mister Rogers; Top Ten Shakespeare Monologues; the value of learning by doing; a tiny Twitter Q&A; what kind of people you should surround yourself with; and finally, what you can do to make a UK tour happen. Special thanks to Instagram follower Zach Gillam, and Twitter followers Liz Marsden and Bob Linfors for the questions. Happy New Year! Happy New Decade!  (Length 18:36)

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)

Standup Vs. Improv

Doug The Time-Traveler

All About Ophelia

Playing Historical Characters

Into The Woods

Completing The Canon

WATCH THE NEW PROMO VIDEO FOR HAMLET’S BIG ADVENTURE (a prequel)

Glory Of ‘Ensemble’

Tales Of Edinburgh

Dueling Chicago Hamlets

Shakespeare Cult Blueprints

The Winter’s Tale

Balancing Twelfth Night

High School Bard

The Viola Project

‘Ma Rainey’s’ Band

Remembering Stanley Donen

Episode 633. ‘Nerdy’ Brian Posehn

Episode 632. Preparing And Doing

Episode 631. Joe Dempsey’s Mechanical

Episode 629. 2018’s Top Podcasts

Episode 628. Very Reduced ‘Christmas’

Episode 625. Actor Turned Educator

Episode 623. Orsino And Othello

Episode 622. Viola And Olivia

Episode 620. Tom Hanks’ Falstaff

Episode 618. Directing ‘Twelfth Night’

Episode 617. Remy Bumppo’s ‘Frankenstein’

Episode 613. ‘Complete Works’ Returns!

Episode 612. NewVic Usher Corps

Episode 611. Burbage to Burbage

Episode 610. ‘Western Civ’ Lives!

Episode 608. Colonel Tom Parker

Episode 605. The Actors Gymnasium

Episode 599. Coming And Going

Episode 598. Returning to Pittsburgh

Episode 597. Lady Macbeth Herself

Episode 591. I Was Cleopatra

Episode 590. Serious Actor Clown

Episode 588. Resurrecting The Bible

Episode 584. The Comedy “Plantation!”

Episode 583. Short Rehearsal Process

Episode 582. Marco Antonio Vega

Episode 581. Reagan And Gorbachev

Episode 580. Redeeming Time Project

Episode 578. Shakespeare In Prague

Episode 573. Heminges & Condell

Episode 570. Book Of Will

Episode 568. The Shakespeare Institute

Episode 567. Sir Stanley Wells

Episode 563. Orville Family Guy

Episode 561. Fall Tour Preview