“We’ve been touring to more small towns than big cities recently so we decided to look at the differences. Featuring backstage chats about the glories of small town municipal workers, airport personnel, and motel amenities; plus our highly sophisticated and technologically advanced method for keeping track of where we’ve played. (Spoiler alert: It involves stickpins.) (MP3. Length 20:57)
What do RSC actors do when they’re not on tour? Jeff Marlow explains….Austin asked me to put together a quick blog post describing the life of an RSC actor while NOT on tour – which, in my case at least, is pretty straightforward: after the national tour of The Complete History of America (abridged) ended last November, I spent the rest of 2008 (mostly) watching movies…I was randomly selected as a member of the SAG Nominating Committee, nominating performances for the Screen Actors Guild Awards – and so, for the last six weeks of 2008, my mailbox was flooded on a daily basis with dozens and dozens of “screeners”, DVDs of current films:
Jeff Marlow brings us home with this final blog entry from the Fall 2008 American America tour…. Greetings from beautiful Rolla, Missouri, at (I’m very sad to say) the end of the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s national tour of The Complete History of America (abridged) — Special Election Edition!The final leg of the tour took us on a quick trip through the Southwestern U.S., starting in Wickenburg, Arizona, where we performed at the wonderful Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, which draws audience members from all over Arizona.
Jack Bennett reports from the UK, where our 53-city tour of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) continues … Wotcha web-dwellers, as the locals here in the north west midlands say! (They say wotcha, they rarely say web-dwellers. In fact, I don’t know many people back home who say web-dwellers. I may have just made it up. In which case, it’s copywritten to me and you can’t use it).
Jeff Marlow picks up from Michael Faulkner, continuing his fantastic tour blog…. Greetings from beautiful Glen Ellyn, Illinois, heading into the final weeks of the RSC’s U.S. tour of The Complete History of America (abridged)! The tour has continued to be a phenomenal success, with more wonderful crowds throughout this Midwestern leg of the journey. Our final two East Coast performances were in South Orange, New Jersey and New Bedford, Massachusetts. In South Orange, we performed at the swanky South Orange Performing Arts Center, which boasts not only a beautiful mainstage theatre but also five movie theatres (I, for one, would love to see more combo theatre-and-movie houses).
Newest RSC member Jeff Marlow takes up the tour blog baton and runs with it, taking pictures along the way….Greetings from Burlington, Vermont, right smack in the middle of the RSC’s U.S. tour of The Complete History of America (abridged)! It’s been a phenomenal run so far, with sold out crowds and uniformly enthusiastic audience responses everywhere from Mississippi to Massachusetts.We opened the tour, as Michael Faulkner noted in an earlier post, in beautiful Richmond, Virginia, where we performed in the stylish Alice Jepson Theatre, whose lobby looked like it had been pulled straight from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:
Hey gang –Austin Tichenor here, wanting to get in on the ol’ Tour Blog action…. If ever there was any proof needed that we rock wherever we perform, take a gander at this photo of the Bedford pub in Balham, South London, where the UK cast of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) rehearsed.
When last we left our intrepid UK Reducers, they were having a Hull of a time. Simon Cole reports….Greetings from the road and the (slightly overdue) second instalment of the UK guy’s adventures on the highways and byways of jolly old Blighty. We left off at the end of the first week heading out to Hull where the theatre’s in-house marketing team managed to come up with a whole new take on the show. (God evidently has more than the one “work”!)
Michael Faulkner reports from the first performance of The Complete History of America (abridged) in Richmond, VA…Well, you’ll all be happy to know that we opened the tour last night in Richmond, and Richmond has set the bar high. We’ve been put up at the swankiest of historic hotels, the Jefferson. Don’t you come stalking us, now… we’re leaving tomorrow. It’s totally apropos… named after founding father Thomas Jefferson and 11 former Presidents have slept there (mostly GOP, for some reason – probably because they’re richer than Dems).
Simon Cole blogs on behalf of fellow tour mates Jack Bennett, John Kielty, William Meredith, Neil Hobbs, and Mishi Bekesi, who are touring the UK in The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged). Greetings from the road and the first in a hopefully weekly blog of the UK Bible boys adventures on the highways and byways of the English (and Welsh!) countryside. Our hope is to give you an insight into the adventures we get up to on the road and a glimpse into the process which makes the Reduced Shakespeare shows such a pleasure to perform on a nightly basis to the good brethren (and sistern!) of the UK.Our story begins on the upper floors of a pub in Balham where Colonel Rippy put us through our paces with Austin flying over and joining us at the start of the rehearsal process and Reed joining us for the last part in Stratford on our opening shows.