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

Episode 557. Potted Potter P’nomenon

Episode 556. Abridged Too Far?

We premiered our one-hour version of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last week, and RSC UK cast members Joseph Maudsley, Matt Pearson, and James Percy discuss the ups and downs of further reduction. Featuring problems with pacing, riding over slumps, totally different experiences, 30-year anniversaries, terrific venues, Fringe memories, swan songs, retained poignancy, the challenges of dealing with audience volunteers, and also the challenge of being an audience volunteer. Puckin’ Ariel! (Length 20:29)