Personifying The Muse

New York Times best-selling author Christopher Moore talks about his best-selling novel Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art, and how he weaved together the history of the color ultramarine blue, the rise of the impressionists, and the death of Vincent Van Gogh to create a wildly entertaining novel about the sometimes-comic sometimes-poignant dangers of invoking the Muse. Featuring tips from Famous Genius School; ideas begun from simple notions; misappropriating (and mispronouncing) French terms; secrets of surviving book tours; inventing more Earthly Delights; the truth of the arrival of the muse; and the joy of discovering — and then filling in — holes in history. (Length 22:38)

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)

Red Fox Theatre

Playwright Ellen Margolis (left )saw the Red Fox Theatre production of Catch of the Day (short-listed for Best Musical at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe) and the experience of seeing it was as wonderful as the show itself. Ellen discusses how all the extra-theatrical elements combined to make a magical evening at the theatre even more so, and shares insights into the nature of crazy fish stories, excellent marketing materials, local hand-held guidance, uniting the audience through the power of a Van Morrison singalong, tales of Fungie the Dolphin, kindred reduced spirits, worldwide Fringe experiences, and further adventures within the comedy industrial complex. (Length 19:09)

Steadfast Tin Soldier

Standup Vs. Improv

Shakespeare Rocks Tonight

Doug The Time-Traveler

All About Ophelia

Creating Hamlet’s Adventure

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

Tales Of Edinburgh

The Web Opera

We Debate ‘Shipoopi’

Weird Old Man

Courting Mr. Lincoln

Other Famous Prequels

Hamlet’s Big Adventure!

Mary Poppins Kerfuffle

Jasper’s ‘Early Riser’

‘Ma Rainey’s’ Band

Episode 636. All Is True?

Episode 633. ‘Nerdy’ Brian Posehn

Episode 630. The Sonnet Man

Episode 629. 2018’s Top Podcasts

Episode 628. Very Reduced ‘Christmas’

Episode. 627. Doctor Of Reduction

Episode 626. Journalist Nellie Bly

Episode 621. Processing The Process

Episode 619. Critic Chris Jones

Episode 615. American Revolutions Onstage

Episode 607. Getting To Edinburgh

Episode 606. Composer Michael Roth

Episode 604. Cartoonist John Kovalic

Episode 603. Value Of Limitations

Episode 601. More Lauren Gunderson

Episode 600! American Theatre Magazine

Episode 596. Nicole Galland’s D.O.D.O.

Episode 592. Christopher Moore’s ‘Noir’

Episode 591. I Was Cleopatra

Episode 590. Serious Actor Clown

Episode 588. Resurrecting The Bible

Episode 587. Slings & Arrows

Episode 584. The Comedy “Plantation!”

Episode 579. Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries

Episode 576. Some Personal Time

Episode 574. The Stupidest Angel

Episode 573. Heminges & Condell

Episode 572. The Shakespeare Magazine

Episode 571. The Scary Clown

Episode 569. Playwright Lauren Gunderson

Episode 568. The Shakespeare Institute

Episode 567. Sir Stanley Wells

Episode 565. Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Episode 564. Pop-Up Book Launch