Live Event Sunday July 12, 2020 3pm EST!

Spend an Afternoon with The Remote Shakespeare Company!

A One-Day Only Live Streaming YouTube & Facebook Event

Sunday, July 12, 2020 – Noon Pacific/3pm Eastern/8pm UK

 

Please join the Reduced Shakespeare Company and Reston Center Stage on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Noon Pacific/3pm Eastern/5pm UK for a remote live-streaming afternoon of subversive and joyful entertainment: The Reduced Shakespeare Company in An Afternoon with the Remote Shakespeare Company.

Authors and Reduced Shakespeare Company co-artistic directors Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor will tell RSC tales, take audience questions via Chat, show video clips, play audio from radio and podcasts, and present rarely-performed RSC material and readings from RSC books and radio shows, including a scene from Hamlet’s Big Adventure! (a prequel). A good (socially distanced) time will be had by all!

Reston Center Stage and the Reduced Shakespeare Company have one of the longest and best relationships in show biz history (which, we know, given that most showbiz romances last about three weeks is a very low bar). But the RSC has performed in Reston every single year since 1987, including the very special and unprecedented 2014 extravaganza of The Complete Works of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (abridged) in which the RSC performed seven of its then-nine shows over two glorious weeks.

Don’t miss this exclusive Reston event!

Watch it on the RSC Facebook Page!

Watch it on the RSC YouTube Page!

And since it’s remote, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the RSC’s typical smart, irreverent humor without their usual annoying odor.

“The Reduced Shakespeare Company attains satirical heights for which most comedians wouldn’t think to reach.” Bob Mondello, National Public Radio

“Intellectual rigor leavened by silliness of the first degree.” Variety

BLACK LIVES MATTER

We are actors and playwrights more used to making jokes to defuse tension, but these are serious times so we will will be brief:

BLACK LIVES MATTER.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company stands in support the communities of color who suffer disproportionate levels of violence in this country.

Things must change. We must do better.

For more information on how we can best learn how to try to do better, please explore the link below.

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

co-artistic directors

Reduced Shakespeare Company

Preeesenting…the Remote Shakespeare Company!

For the time being, please enjoy these epic reductions from the comfort of your own shelter!

THE RING REDUCED

Where can you see Wagner’s 17-hour Ring Cycle crammed into a brief and palatable 23 minutes? RIGHT. HERE.

LOST: REDUCED

At the invitation of Sky-TV, we reduced the first five seasons of the landmark TV series Lost down to ten minutes, with the blessing of (and a specially-filmed introduction from) its creators Damon Lindelof (Watchmen, The Leftovers) and Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel, Locke & Key)!

Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions

The Answer Is: In 2005 and 2006 this theatrical touring troupe was its own video category in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.
The Question Is: Who is the Reduced Shakespeare Company?

PLUS! SOME RECENT ADDITIONS

“I Laughed Till I Cried”
from The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)

Austin’s song, now with pictures and clips and one new line addressing the current moment. See if you can spot it!

Sonnet 18 — First Draft
from Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Guide for the Attention-Impaired (abridged)

As part of the #ReadASonnet thread on Twitter, Austin reads Shakespeare’s long-lost first draft of one his most popular sonnets.

CROKE’S QUARANTINE… (name tba) IS NOW OPEN!

Let Matt Croke teach you these comedy classics!!

LEARN TO PLAY THE GUITAR!

Most recent member Doug Harvey teaches you the basics!!

WANNA HEAR SOME STORIES?

Dee Ryan tells this one, and has dozens more at her Louder Than a Mom storytelling page!

THE REMOTE REDUCED REUNION

Join us for this epic reunion of 50 actors, stage managers, and props & wardrobes gods & goddesses who’ve worked with the Reduced Shakespeare Company over the years. Featuring RSC artistic directors Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor, founding members Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, host and actor Matt Croke, and literally dozens more. Recorded from at least four different time zones on April 11, 2020.

RSC Q&A

In a conversation hosted by Matt Croke, co-artistic directors Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor discuss the history of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the scripts they’ve written, and some helpful dos and annoying don’ts when performing them in this almost two-hour livestream, recorded April 25, 2020.

More to come!!

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

‘Tis (Still) The Season! New Promo For “Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)” Released

POP-UP SHAKESPEARE Launches at Shakespeare Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon!

Announcing Pop-Up Shakespeare!

Dates Announced for UK Tour of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)!

‘THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

“The Ring Reduced” Now Online!

#LongLostShakes Comes To Edinburgh!

A Hoot, a Palpable Hoot!

Premiering in DC & Coming to Edinburgh – It’s Shakespeare’s Long Lost 1st Play (abridged)!

We Made It! We’re in American Theatre!

We’ve Reduced the History of Art!

Busy Busy Fall!

Biggest. RSC Gig. Ever.

Hoot Mon! RSC Returns to Edinburgh!

Shakes On A Plane!

OnBard entertainment: easyJet celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary with world record performance. easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, will celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth (23 April) with a Guinness World Record performance of his complete works during a flight to Italy.Continue reading

RSC World Premiere Is A Hit! A Very Palpable Hit!

dominic-abeThe critics and the public agree! The World Premiere of The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is a monster hit! The Cincinnati Enquirer said, “It’s funny. Really, really funny… And most of all it’s really, really smart… They are exhaustingly hilarious!”
And Cincinnati City Beat said, “A dizzying night’s entertainment! It’s the work of some serious minds exploring the art of comedy… Fresh and funny!”Continue reading

A Brand Spanking New RSC World Premiere!

comedy-sqYes, you read it right! The RSC will unveil its ninth stage show THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (abridged) at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park from November 9 – December 29! From cavemen telling “Rock Rock” jokes to Chris Rock and everything in-between, the bad boys of abridgement leave no joke untold as we deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 rollicking minutes. Get tickets now! Continue reading

The UK is OK!

Lakewood Colorado

Christmas Schlepping!

“A Bright, Breezy, and Entertaining Affair!”

Don Your Doublet and Clutch Your Codpiece!

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]We Bad Boys of Abridgement continue our tour of the UK through August, with our original minimus opus The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised], an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays – all 37 in 97 minutes! Join we madcap men in tights as we weave our wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

“STUPENDOUS, ANCHORLESS JOY!” TimesContinue reading

Meet the Men in Tights…

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]The cast traipsing about the UK will consist of a couple of wily RSC veterans and two squirrelly newcomers.

* Aging ingenue Matt Rippy leads the charge, having been a member of the RSC since 1995 and having performed in five Reduced shows in seven countries on five continents, many of them solidly. Audiences who watch television or go to movies will recognize Matt from his below-decks discovery in The Dark Knight and his steamy appearance as the original Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood.Continue reading

March Madness! April Absurdity!

The Complete World of Sports (abridged)After a brief time-out, the Reduced Shakespeare Company take to the field once again with The Complete World of Sports (abridged). Whoop and holler and hurl your hotdog as we attempt to reduce every sport in the history of the world – from archery to wrestling, from basketball to bocce ball, from championship chess to professional ping-pong and everything in between! 3,477.3 sports reduced into one mad dash to the finish line! Impossible! No WAY, you say! YES way, say we! We have been training literally minutes for this! Bring your poms poms to:Continue reading

Returning to London

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Chrismakwanukkahanzakah!

Shakespeare Returns to the UK!

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]UK National Tour from April 2013! (And yes, this time we mean Scotland, too). We were very disturbed by the recent survey conducted by Vision Critical that suggests contemporary children have no idea who Shakespeare is and that more than a quarter of adults haven’t read his plays. And the final kick in the codpiece that nobody knows Shakespeare was British?! We blame ourselves.

Ever since the three American lads of the Reduced Shakespeare Company concocted The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised], the play has been such a massive global phenomenon that most people quite rightly assume that Shakespeare was American. (We thought so too until very recently.) Shakespeare is the most produced playwright in any language in any country. He’s EVERYWHERE. He’s like the American military or Katy Perry, except with fewer guns or firework-shooting bras.

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The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)

USA Spring Tour Dates

Vote Early! Vote Often!

Happy Merry Chrismakwanukkahanzakah!

London 2012

Big Announcement Coming Jan. 9!

‘Ultimate Christmas’ Shatters Sales Records!