RSC Newsletter – Out Now!

The Official Reduced Shakespeare Company Newsletter – the RSC Reader – is out now! If you haven’t signed up to receive this free newsletter full of pointless reduced facts designed to clutter your tiny little mind, what are you waiting for?!?


The Complete World of Sports (abridged)

It Might Be the BIG Apple… but there’s a REDUCED price! (Available only for a SHORT time)

The Reduced Shakespeare Company returns to The New Victory Theater (New York’s theater for kids and families… and those who refuse to act their age) for a three week run of The Complete World of Sports (abridged). Austin, Matt and Reed are ready to once again tackle life’s big questions: Is bowling really a sport? Who invented curling? How DOES one get to the Subway Series?

The New Vic is running a special offer for RSC fans who step up to the plate now: 15% off any performance, any seat if purchased by Oct 21st. (more…)

Quick Quiz!

Answer correctly and win a prize! Question: Name four states that end with an “A.” If you said (or thought… or have heard of…) Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and California – you win! And the prize is … the RSC will perform in all those states this Fall! Click here for Read more…


New Yorkers love their sports and they love their theater. So look out Big Apple! The Reduced Shakespeare Company will combine NYC’s two favorites pastimes when they return to the New Victory Theatre from October 21 – November 6 with The Complete World of Sports (abridged). Hey, they’ll be playing Read more…


While performing The Complete World of Sports (abridged) at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC this summer the RSC boys spoke with Neil Conan on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation.” Comic hijinx ensued. Listen and you just might be amused. Listen >

Our First Live Webcast!

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 Read more…

The Complete World of Sports (abridged)

Washington DC – We Have a Consensus!

The Complete World of Sports (abridged)
Folks in Washington DC don’t agree on much this summer. But they are unanimous in their delirious enjoyment of the DC premiere of  The Complete World of Sports (abridged) at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre.  Here’s what the critics have to say:

Washington Post: “The pacing and timing are crackerjack. It’s hard not to grin all night, so give ’em a medal: Who’s gonna beat their time in a comic sprint?” Read Review

Washington Examiner: “Delicious anarchy.” Read Full Review


The Complete World of Sports (abridged)


In case you have NOT been glued to your TV watching MyFox DC, never fear – the Reduced Shakespeare Company can be seen here! Or better yet, come down to the Kennedy Center and experience all the gags and glory – live! Holly Morris – Reduced Shakespeare Company:

Why The Shorty Awards Are Important

In 2010, the Reduced Shakespeare Company won the prestigious Shorty Award, which honors “the best producers of short (140 characters or less) real-time content.” Translated, that means the award is given to the person or company who uses and exploits the social network Twitter to its maximum effect. The Shorty Awards have been called “the Oscars of Twitter” by CNN and USA Today.

We were honored and thrilled — and we’d like to win again.

Here are the two main reasons:



It’s the Christmas season and that can mean only one thing!  It’s time to shower your friends and relatives with gifts of hilarious RSC Merchandise! We’ve got Reduced Shakespeare Company DVD’s, Scripts, CD’s, and Books at only slightly inflated prices. For t-shirts and mugs, visit our online shop. To purchase Read more…


Proving yet again that there is no accounting for taste, the RSC has returned to Singapore this month, performing “The Complete History of America (abridged)” and “Completely Hollywood (abridged)” from November 1-14. Click on the podcasts below to listen to us talk about our last tour of Asia, Dom’s dorkologue and excerpts Read more…


There has been an amazing buzz surrounding Reduced Shakespeare Company debut of “The Complete World of Sports (abridged).” No, not Buzz Lightyear. Not even Buzz Aldrin. It’s been the buzz from the press which has called SPORTS (abridged) “deeply funny,” “absolutely hilarious,” and “both merciless and affectionate!” Click here for Read more…


Only for Fun. Please No Wagering. Question: What do Richmond VA, Burlington VT, Charlotte NC, Easton PA and Richardson TX all have common? Hint: Remember you are reading the the RSC newsletter. Answer: Along with Princeton, NJ these are the only places you’ll be able to see the RSC in Read more…

‘World of Sports’ “Hits It Out Of The Park”!

The Complete World of Sports (abridged)

Every audience has given us a standing ovation, and now the Boston Globe, BroadwayWorld, and the Lowell Sun agree: our seventh stage show is a hit!

The Boston Globe called The Complete World of Sports (abridged), “A fast-moving and deeply funny farrago, a neo-vaudevillian sendup that manages to be both merciless and affectionate,” in which “one sketch rapidly gives way to another, and then another, blending slapstick, sight gags, hernia-inducing puns, and genuine verbal wit.” The highly intelligent reviewer Don Acouin called it a “fast-paced sendup” and concluded “‘World of Sports’ is always on its game!

Read the whole magnificently-written review here.


ASIAN Invasion

The Far East can be mysterious. That must explain why they are having us back to Hong Kong and Singapore so soon! We’ll be performing The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) and The Complete History of America (abridged) at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from October Read more…

Take a Private Tour of the FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY!

The Folger Shakespeare Library is the largest collection of Shakespeare Folios and Shakespeareana in the world, and we were given a private tour by none other than Folger Director Gail Paster and Head of Reference Georgianna Ziegler themselves.

We recorded the whole thing for the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast, which you can listen to here.

And the Folger put up a fantastic slideshow of all the things we looked at, which you can see here(more…)


Catch up on the latest Reduced News with the June edition of THE REDUCED READER! Out Now! If you would like the READER delivered right to your inbox, sign up here. Join the millions (ok, maybe thousands) of satisfied fans who receive THE REDUCED READER, the official RSC newsletter. It’ll Read more…


Gallop apace you fiery footed steeds, and bring on Reduced gigs immediately! We’re kicking off our final leg of the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s tour of the show that launched a thousand reductions – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is galloping eastward: look for us in New Hampshire, New Read more…


Wanna catch up on the latest Reduced news, reviews and interviews? The April edition of The Reduced Reader is OUT NOW! We’re launching the final leg of our tour of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) – check dates! Also, in this edition, find out about our “Broadway” run, Read more…


Shorty Awards 2010

Yes, you read that right! WE WON! Our tweets won us a Shorty Award (the Oscars of tweeting) in the Cultural Institution category. Ok, well, we won along with two others. It was a twee-way-tie! We share this mag-twificent accolade with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and The Poetry Society – and what an honor! We’ve NEVER been accused of being “cultural” – though it appears we may have become somewhat of an institution… in a reduced sort of way!

So thank you thank you thank you to all our fans and followers and fellow twits who helped make this possible! (more…)

“THE OSCARS OF TWITTER!” Winners Announced March 3

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a finalist in the second annual Shorty Awards, which honors “the best producers of shortShorty Awards Logo (140 characters or less) real-time content.” Translated, that means the award is given to the person or company who uses and exploits the social network Twitter to its maximum effect. The Shorty Awards have been called “the Oscars of Twitter” by CNN and USA Today.

Well, who else should win a Shorty Award but a Reduced Shakespeare Company?! We’ve been producers of reduced content for years.

We Tweet mostly ‘cuz it’s fun. Twitter’s a great way to mini-blog about what we’re up to, to dialogue with our fans, and to spread the love about other things and people we see and love and want to proselytize about. But to get an award for it? That’d be awesome.

Shorty Awards are given in a number of categories (each designated by a hashtag), from #advertising, #apps, and #art to #tech, #travel, and #weird. We’re a finalist in the #culturalinstitution category, primarily because there is no #theatre category.

Final voting ends Friday February 5 at noon EST. Anybody with an active Twitter account can vote (you can’t just create a Twitter account to vote, they’re too clever to allow that). Finalists are judged not only on the quality of their Tweets, but also the number and quality of your votes!  So when you go to the Shorty Awards website and fill in the vote box (“I vote for @reduced for a Shorty Award in #culturalinstitution because…”), please make the reason cool and brief!

Numbers count too. As of today, we have almost 2500 Followers! If only ten percent of you vote, we’ll win.



Wanna be there?! The final series of Lost starts on ABC on February 2nd in the US, and on Sky1 and Sky1 HD on February 5th in the UK. To celebrate, we’re condensing the last 5 seasons into less than 10 minutes and performing it in front of a live Read more…

LOST REDUCED: World Premiere!

press release LOST REDUCED – Watch it here! FIVE SEASONS OF LOST IN TEN MINUTES Reduced Shakespeare Company Perform world premiere London, 28th January BY INVITATION ONLY With the hotly anticipated sixth and final season of LOST launching on February 5th, Sky1 HD is proud to announce LOST REDUCED – Read more…


Completely Hollywood (abridged) Feb 10 – Santa Rosa Junior College Feb 12 & 13 – Sebastiani Theater This just in: We have added three performances of Completely Hollywood (abridged) to our Winter 2010 tour. On February 10, 2010, we’ll be performing a benefit performance at and for the Santa Rosa Read more…


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Brookhaven College for the Performing Arts Jan. 23, 2010, 8:00pm NOW ON SALE! Call: 972-860-4118 Howdy Dallas, Texas! We know you have much to think about right now, what with the holidays around the corner and the Cowboys finally dispelling “December Doubts” – Read more…


The November 2009 issue of the Reduced Shakespeare Company Reader has just been emailed to eager InBoxes all over the world.  Did it reach yours? If you’d like to subscribe and have reduced reading goodness arrive in your email on a semi-regular reduced basis, please click here. (If you already Read more…


New York Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd recently referenced the Reduced Shakespeare Company in one of her columns. In her November 22, 2009 column comparing President Obama to Sarah Palin, she observed: “If we could see a Reduced Shakespeare summary of Obama’s presidency so far, it would read: Dither, dither, speech. Read more…

IT’S OFFICIAL! RSC Returns to the Kennedy Center in 2010

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present the Reduced Shakespeare Company in Completely Hollywood (abridged) June 22 – July 11, 2010 in the Terrace Theater. America’s “bad boys of abridgement” take on America’s largest cultural and economic export (well, except for weapons) in this seriously silly show biz satire. Opening night for press is scheduled for Thursday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m.

They’ve gone biblical, they’ve gone historical, now the RSC has gone completely Hollywood…abridged, of course.  In Completely Hollywood (abridged), America’s best-loved comedy troupe boldly goes where few would dare – Tinseltown. Completely Hollywood (abridged) analyzes in typically reduced depth the 175 greatest films from Hollywood’s over 100 year history.

The versatile and flexible actors have received rave reviews of their performances in the witty and quick condensations of the most serious material, from Shakespeare to the history of America to the Bible.

Completely Hollywood (abridged) is written and directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor with additional material by Dominic Conti.  All three are also the original cast members, and will be performing their creation at the Kennedy Center.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company has been seen at the Kennedy Center in The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) and The Complete History of America (abridged) in 1994; The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) in 1995; The Complete Millennium Musical (abridged) in 1999; The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) 2001, All the Great Books (abridged) in 2003 and again in 2006, when they performed in rep with The Complete History of America (abridged).

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