“We highlight ten signature moments, one from each of the ten years of the first decade of the RSC Podcast, that best represent the scope of what we’ve attempted to do week after week. Featuring behind the scenes conversations showcasing how our shows are created, in-depth interviews with comedians, directors, authors, and award-winning actors, and invaluable audio records of talented and wonderful artists who left us far too soon. (Length (31:00)
“Austin Tichenor, Reed Martin, and Dominic Conti share lessons learned (sometimes the hard way) about acting for film and television. Featuring tales from the sets of 24, The Practice, Ally McBeal, and The West Wing; expert advice from Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Hopkins, and Bill Nighy; a shout-out to director/teacher Stephen Gyllenhaal, stealing moves from David Caruso, the unglamorous parts of showbiz, huge blocking moves, and how learning your lines, maybe surprisingly, is really only the first step. (Length 22:33)
“Our own Dominic Conti talks about his title role in Martian American, which just won Best Student Film at the Glendale International Film Festival, and for which Dom won Best Actor at the same event! Dom shares the tricks of portraying this particular alien, and talks about filmmaking communities, the joys of getting the offer, working with an Oscar-winning makeup artist, the benefits of doing someone a solid, shout-outs to talented colleagues, and a few new rules if you want to work with Mr. Conti from now on. (Length 17:15)
“RSC alum and founding member of the Fiasco TheatreNoah Brody takes a break between shows at the New Victory Theatre to discuss his company’s extraordinary work and its (not coincidentally) extraordinary success. Featuring the origins of Fiasco (both the company and the name), the advantage of shared aesthetics, the value of geekiness, the freedom of knowing no one’s going to see it anyway, the rewards of risk, the wonder of valentines from the New York Times, and the glories of letting the audience doing half the work. (Length 18:51)
“Dan Berube, Marketing Manager for Merrimack Repertory Theatre, lists how many box office records The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) shattered during its four week run (Largest Pre-Sale, Largest Single Day Sale, Best-Selling Holiday Show, and #3 All-Time Best-Selling Show in MRT history), and also how many RSC shows are in MRT’s Top 25 Best-Selling Shows (SPOILER ALERT: all of them). Featuring excellent marketing strategies, the challenges of marketing single shows vs. entire seasons, theories about whether reviews matter, and the reasons why our record for #1 best-selling show in MRT’s history will probably never be broken. (Length 22:20)
“We return to New Zealand for the first time since 1994, for our first national tour and the antipodean premiere of Completely Hollywood (abridged). Featuring new sport discoveries, scarce internet, truly international Irish pubs, and reports of RSC Royal Wedding festivities from all over the globe. Fresh as a fortnight ago’s headlines! (MP3. Length 17:29)
Proving yet again that there is no accounting for taste, the RSC has returned to Singapore this month, performing “The Complete History of America (abridged)” and “Completely Hollywood (abridged)” from November 1-14. Click on the podcasts below to listen to us talk about our last tour of Asia, Dom’s dorkologue and excerpts from the America show…
The Reduced Shakespeare Company went national on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” last week. The response was so overwhelming it crashed our site – not something we should shout about – but way cool! In case you missed it, you can catch the Reduced gang – Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor and Dominic Conti – talkin Hollywood and reducing movies on the fly! Go here to listen to the madness.
“This week we dig that crazy Conti beat and go behind the scenes to deconstruct Dominic Conti‘s lengthy and show-stopping “dorkalogue” at the end of Completely Hollywood (abridged). Featuring the power and limitations of snorting as a character choice, the trust of an actor’s instinct, funky frank appearances by NPR‘s Korva Coleman, and proof that actors save playwrights. (MP3. Length 20:03)
Woodward & Bernstein uncovered Watergate – now the Washington Post discovers Reducedgate!
The Reduced Shakespeare Company launched the premiere of Completely Hollywood (abridged) in our nation’s capital this week at the Kennedy Center to overwhelming response. Hollywood is this week’s Editor’s Pick at the Washington Post. Critic Celia Wren reports that the Reduced “sent a Kennedy Center audience into regular peals of near-hysterical laughter.” Despite the illustrious competition on capital stages, Celia concludes the DC premiere of Hollywood is “smart, timely satire” infused with “gleeful absurdism.” There’s no accounting for taste… like we say, reducing expectations since 1981!
If you thought Washington DC was dysfunctional before, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
The people have spoken and The Reduced Shakespeare Company is returning to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC from June 22 – July 11 with our newest show Completely Hollywood (abridged)! It’s hard to imagine anything funnier in Washington than our federal government at work, but we’re going to give it a try.
“The old codgers from Hollywood mark the return of a beloved – but cut – character from our America show. Featuring other recycled characters from previous shows, further improvements to the first act of Hollywood, a frustrating tease about the Sports show, and information about the publication of the Hollywood script. (MP3. Length 18:43)
This just in: We have added three performances of Completely Hollywood (abridged) to our Winter 2010 tour. On February 10, 2010, we’ll be performing a benefit performance at and for the Santa Rosa Junior College theater arts department. And then on February 12 & 13 we’ll be performing at the historic Sebastiani Theater in Sonoma, CA as a benefit for both the Sebastiani Theater and the Sonoma Valley High School Drama Department.
*** We’ll give a special prize to anyone who attends all three performances – a free autograph in the lobby after the final Sebastiani show! Okay, okay, we’re busted. We sign autographs in the lobby after every performance…
“A live Q&A at the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin, during which we reveal our favorite Shakespeare plays, touring information for 2010, when the script for Completely Hollywood (abridged) will be published, a very special blurb from some RSC pilgrims, answers to questions from our Twitterfollowers, and the shocking revelation that our favorite individual onstage moments don’t include any other performers. (MP3. Length 22:11)
“Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Price talks about creating the Reduced Shakespeare Company category and writing questions for the game show Jeopardy!Featuring insight into how the global phenomenon game show is written, tips on how to beat the buzzer, and how you can get a part in Andrew’s new movie. (Spoiler alert: Bring your wallet.) (MP3. Length18:50)
“Excerpts from our interview on Marcy Solomon‘s KUSF-FM radio program Words On Theatre. Featuring details on Plasticman action figure accessories, tips on audience participation, advice on how to take one for the team, insight into RSC percentages, an update on what RSC fans call themselves, and a special appearance by John Wilson of FOX-TV Charlotte, where we’re performing this week at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Go to, ya’ll! (MP3. Length 18:30)
“Reed and Austin talk about how they wrote — and continue to write — the RSC’s latest stage show Completely Hollywood (abridged). You’ll learn which movies influenced the writing, why some movies make our Greatest Movies Ever list and some don’t, and how (and why) the script keeps evolving. Featuring a spirited defense of the Rocky movies, some weird audio hiccups, the return of RSC Q&A, and a special appearance by Michael Rice, host of the Cool As Hell Theatre Podcast. Oh, and podcast listeners? Thanks. (MP3. Length 25:10)
“After every performance, we meet and greet the audience at the table in the lobby, so we decided to turn the microphone on and let our Podcast listeners hear what they have to say. Learn about The Rules of the Game, what happened when we made changes to the first act of Completely Hollywood (abridged), and why one group that performs our shows is C.R.A.P. Featuring a special appearance by Rebecca Corral of KCBS and evidence that the RSC Podcast is now Required Listening. Thanks for coming! (MP3. Length 17:31)
“A breakdown on the crazy number of RSC productions this fall, and a terrific example of the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for.” Featuring too much yawning, some backstage details of the RSC TV show The Week Reduced, and a special appearance by Reginald Studmuffin, star of the RSC latest stage show Completely Hollywood (abridged). Well, it’s the damnedest thing….! (MP3. Length 23:30)
“Brent Tubbs & Mick Orfe chronicle their first performances in Completely Hollywood (abridged), and share surprisingly similar tales of air travel woes, actor’s nightmares, and strange superpowers. Featuring an appearance by playwright/director Ron West and incessant intrusion by the three B’s: Bad Bar Backgroundmusic. BBB afraid. (MP3. Length 19:34)