We’re back! After a two-week holiday break, we return to our weekly schedule of the RSC Podcast — now in its twelfthnight year! After taking some quality personal time, Austin considers whether the podcast should shift its format or focus; reviews other podcasts he listens to regularly (and urges listeners to do the same); wonders whether there are parts of the podcast people regularly fast-forward through; and speculates what our next stage show will be (and urges listeners to do the same). It’s good to be back!
“For this last podcast of 2014, a tale of triumph (or depending on your point of view, tragedy). Longtime RSC fan Lizabeth Stanley tells her story of discovering the theatre, leaving the theatre, and finally returning to theatre armed with nothing but desire, mad carpentry skills, and a license to practice law in California. Featuring important legal disclaimers, the liberation of being a triple non-threat, rising to the very middle, and drawing inspiration from an unlikely audio source. (Length 19:38)
“The Reduced Shakespeare Company has been creating and touring brilliantly funny condensations of huge topics…for over three decades now; and for the last five years or so they’ve been putting out a weekly podcast as well. It’s to the Company’s great credit that it remains a bright, breezy and entertaining affair, well stocked with interviews, features and excerpts from the shows – even after 350 episodes.”
“We begin our 7th year of podcasting by doing a little late-fall cleaning, explaining some of the changes we’ve made to how our podcasts are posted, walking you through what’s changed over on iTunes, pointing out some interesting bells and whistles, showing off some cool new features, revealing how many of you are listening, pondering the surprising popularity of certain episodes, and puzzling over our elusive demographic. (Length 23:38)
“You can’t really call us “publicity whores” because we don’t charge for it, we give it away! (We will answer, however, to “publicity sluts“.) But there’s a handful of things we’d prefer to avoid and/or not do, so this week Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor outline a series of thoughts and guidelines and publicity opportunities. Featuring some mild cattiness, pro tips, the value of both GPS and social media, the importance of brand awareness and relative unimportance of mall appearances, and the diminishing line between publicity and marketing. (Length 24:30)
Current RSC members Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor are joined by founding members Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield – and original props goddess Sa Winfield – as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of the very first performance by those upstarts from California, the Reduced Shakespeare Company.
Join in Monday August 8, 2011, from 3-5 pm PST (that’s Pacific Shakespeare Time) on the RSC’s uStream Channel. Participate, ask questions, and listen to reminiscences, war stories, and embarrassing anecdotes. The stream will also be archived for later viewing and the audio will be edited down for a future episode of the RSC Podcast.
Twitter followers can also join in by asking questions using the hashtag #RSC30. Hope to see you there!
“For Valentine’s Day we send out long distance dedications to our listeners – and from our listeners. Featuring global statistics, favorite body parts, a special appearance from Lavinia Tan from Lush 99.5 in Singapore, emails from listeners, the smooth groovy sounds of guitarist Eric Essix, and exclusive news of foreign productions and tours. You heard it here first! (MP3. Length 19:19)
“Things We Love this week — a story of the RSC and Young Love in Ireland; the television premiere of a feature film produced by RSC alumni John Schwab and Tim Beckman; and Dee Ryan returns to the Pittsburgh Public Theater with her one-woman show DeeConstruction. Happy VD! (MP3. Length 20:01)
“Technical difficulties in California necessitate this extremely reduced and hopefully temporary podcast, which merely explains why it’s reduced and temporary. Not one for the archives but enjoy if you can. It won’t take long. (MP3. Length 2:36)
“Backstage drama. Touring trauma. Audition advice. Authorial insights. You, the RSC Podcast listeners, choose your favorite moments from our first hundred weeks, including lobby catastrophes, airplane turbulence, mid-show earthquakes, heated cultural debates, quests for lame jokes, and best of all — children swearing! (MP3. Length 22:13)
The Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast got a lovely and unexpected review from MaximumFun.org‘s The Sound of Young America podcast and blog. Colin Marshall devoted his entire “Podthoughts” column to a glowing review of all things RSC. He said:
“It’s quick, and it’s slick…and they’ll often go the extra mile with conference calls including even more members of the group or segments recorded on location at whatever theater they’re playing at the time.”
“LIVE! from Virgin Atlantic Flight #8….and from a UK Taxi….and from various cafes and pubs all over London. Reed and Austin discuss the various business hoops one has to jump through in order to set up a tour of Great Britain. Featuring detours to Holland, a reduced Oscar post-mortem, some big news about an award nomination, a special appearance by the Ryan Seacrest of the RSC, and the arrival of the newest RSC member! (MP3. Length 21:02)
“Favorite moments and indulgent reminiscences from the first six months of RSC Podcasts. Featuring deep introspection, shock and awe at the glories of the podcast aesthetic, an unnecessarily polysyllabic episode description, and a benediction by Dick Costolo, President & CEO of FeedBurner, the company that makes all podcasts possible! Thanks, Dick! (MP3. Length 18:08)