It’s our 700th episode!! And because it happily coincides with the publication of Christopher Moore‘s Shakespeare For Squirrels, the New York Times best-selling author turns the tables and interviews RSC co-artistic director Austin Tichenor in an epic un-reduced unabridged almost one-hour conversation. The two Fauxspeareans celebrate the release of Chris’s book by getting lost in the weeds of craft and discussing the importance of inoculating people against Shakespeareaphobia; the value of learning to keep 5-7 year olds entertained; the difficulties of working with living playwrights; understanding who got Shakespeare’s jokes and who didn’t; writing a Hitchcock adaptation for Disney animation; the dangers of unskilled labor; learning comic timing from stand-ups and Gilbert & Sullivan; using a five-act structure; the value of memorizing Shakespeare; the art of capturing Shakespeare’s exquisite mixture of tones; the perfectly understandable struggle to explain Shakespeare’s greatness; plausible explanations for why Shakespeare left his wife his second-best bed; snappy answers to listener questions; and being members in the small club of authors rewriting Shakespeare. (Length 58:17)

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  1. Hi Suzanne – Thanks for your interest in our work! We’ll be performing “The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)” exclusively for the next few years so the amateur licensing rights won’t be available until then. Subscribing to our newsletter or following us on Twitter or Facebook or listening to our podcast are the surest ways to find out quickly when the rights will be released. Until then, our five other scripts up to “The Complete World of Sports (abridged)” are available from Broadway Play Publishing now. Hope this helps. Many thanks again!

  2. We have produced your “…complete Shakespeare”… and ” History of America.” The 2014-2015 (july/june) season will be our 20th. Would love to celebrate it with your latest work.. “The Complete History of Comedy.” We actually teach 6th graders about Commedia dell’Arte each year and have a contest in which they can do their favorite stock character.
    The Ok Arts Council major support grant application is due Feb 1. I just saw your new play in the Nov issue of Amer. theatre mag…yes I’m a bit behind in my reading… any idea when it will be available and a script would be available???

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