Episode 353. Remembering Chris Stevens

Austin Tichenor remembers his high school friend and college roommate Ambassador Chris Stevens in this April 2013 speech at the Center for Civic Mediation banquet honoring Chris with the Louis M. Brown Conflict Prevention Award. Featuring lawyer jokes; bravery, humor, and respect; jazz analogies; varying degrees of glamour; the wonder of Read more…

Episode 352. Our Comic Inspirations

”On the opening weekend of The Complete History of Comedy (abridged), authors Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor reflect on how their early comic influences have inspired the writing of the show. Featuring favorite movies, formative stand-ups, fundamental lessons, a celebration of Blackhawk Films, and the importance of parents with excellent Read more…

Episode 351. A.D.D Comedy Podcast

”Our month-long block of comedy-themed podcasts continues this week with a conversation with Improv guru, performer, teacher, improviser’s improviser and RSC alum David Razowsky, who hosts (with Ian Foley) the A.D.D. Comedy Podcast, where he talks to some of the most interesting folks working in comedy today: Folks like Stephen Read more…

Episode 350. Workshopping The ‘Comedy’

”LIVE! from Stone’s Sports Bar & Lounge comes this lively conversation with actors Dodds Delzell, Dan Saski, and Chad Yarish, the cast of the workshop production of The Complete History of Comedy (abridged). Featuring rehearsal reports, the advantages of ongoing artistic relationships, sky-high expectations, an excerpt from the show, the challenges of day jobs, Read more…

Episode 349. Rocking The Casbah

”Journalist and author Robin Wright talks about her book Rock The Casbah: Rage and Rebellion in the Muslim World, which chronicles youth-inspired Islamic revolts against autocrats and extremism using such pop-cultural weapons as music, comedy, and theatre, plus even comic books and theme parks. Featuring pop-culture political flash points , hip-hop Islam, Read more…

Episode 348. International Clown Week

”The first week of August is International Clown Week, which is even more appropriate this year as Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin are in the third week of rehearsals for the first workshop production of The Complete History of Comedy (abridged). Featuring historical clown archetypes, updates from rehearsal, advice from a Beatle, Read more…

Episode 347. High School Censorship

”Blogger, arts consultant, former theatre executive and now theatrical activist Howard Sherman talks about attempts to silence high school theatre productions across the country, and the growing efforts to respond appropriately and effectively. Featuring the threat of teenage engagement, unintended consequences of the power of theatre, approved high school adaptations of certain Read more…

Episode 346. Theatre In Prison

New York-based director Kate Powers talks about her recent production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town which she directed at the fabled maximum security Sing Sing Correctional Facility as part of her work with a program called Rehabilitation Through the Arts. Featuring themes of regret, artistic and practical challenges, how to stage a Read more…

Episode 345. To Kill Shakespeare

”We sat down recently with Conor McCreery, the co-creator of the amazing graphic novel Kill Shakespeare, who talks about how a love of both comics and Shakespeare led him and his collaborators to create this highly praised and popular artistic/literary mashup. Featuring incredibly accommodating pirates, the fun of combining high Read more…

Episode 344. UK Tour Update

”LIVE! From inside Titus Vandronicus: UK producer Davey Naylor, actors Gary Fannin, Matt Rippy, Matt Pearson, Ben Stratton, and DSM Penny Ayles share the highlights and lowlights of our twelve-week spring tour of the UK. Featuring favorite venues, shout-outs to new fans and friends, surprise chase scenes, differences between US and Read more…

Episode 343. Celebrities Getting Served

”Just in time for summer comes Bill Ryan‘s “Serving Celebrities: Stories of Your Favorite Celebrities From One Who Served Them” and it’s the perfect beach read, filled with funny, revealing, unabashedly gossipy, and mildly bitchy tales of greatness and the people who serve them. Featuring behind the scenes dish, interactions with Read more…

Episode 342. ‘Bible’ Down Under

”Finally! We return to Australia, with RSC veterans Michael Faulkner, Jerry Kernion, Mick Orfe, and Dominic Conti performing The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) in Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, and Sydney. This week, playwrights and directors Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor chat with original cast member Matt Croke about putting together the original Read more…

Episode 341. Development Of Comedy

” Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin take time out from their writing to talk about how the creation of their eighth collaboration, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged), is going. Featuring off-color terms of art, new (but self-imposed and good) pressures, the advantages of finding a structure, the challenges of narrowing Read more…

Episode 340. Directing A Comedy

”We share thoughts about comedy with director William Brown, who talks about his Writers’ Theatre production of David Ives’ The Liar which is earning rave reviews this month in Chicago. Featuring the joys of being at the epicenter of the action, the advantages of actor investment, the truth about technique, the Read more…

Episode 339. Joss Whedon Shakespeare

”Reed Diamond plays Don Pedro in Joss Whedon‘s film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing and talks not only about the process of acting in and shooting one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, but the specific pleasures Shakespeare affords. Featuring a reduced schedule, how he became part of the Whedonverse, Read more…

Episode 338. An Actor’s Wife

Actor’s wife (and former RSC stage manager) Rose Scarborough talks to other actor’s wives (and husbands) for her ongoing archival project “An Actor’s Wife For Me: The Changing Role of the Actor’s Wife – 1950s to the Present Day” — and now talks to us about talking to them. Featuring the lot Read more…

Episode 337. Professor Peter Holland

Professor Peter Holland, the highly distinguished McNeel Family Professor of Shakespeare at Notre Dame University and the former director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon, talks about the good, the Bard, and the silly. Featuring outrageous assumptions about Shakespeare professors; the only way to be true to Shakespeare; the real reason that Read more…

Episode 336. History of ‘Federation’

”Greetings from the future! Historian (and TV writer) David A. Goodman has written Federation: The First 150 Years, the history of the United Federation of Planets, which was assembled as a special exhibit on Memory Alpha (and is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk). David talks about how he created the Read more…

Episode 335. Inside Titus Vandronicus

”Not all touring vans are equal. Climb inside ‘Titus Vandronicus’ (dubbed by Twitter follower @BenedictTheMad) and discover why it’s probably the best one we’ve ever had. Recorded on April Fools Day 2013 on our first trip in it, Davey Naylor, Matt Rippy, Gary Fannin, and Ben Stratton rhapsodize over Titus’s Read more…

Episode 334. American Actors Abroad

”A veteran of stage, film, television, radio (and us!), London-based American actor John Schwab talks about living, working, surviving, and thriving in Britain. Featuring gray areas; White House stints; the complicated nature of Hollywood financing; discreet voice doubling; and tales of sharing the stage with (or replacing) Claire Bloom, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Read more…

Episode 333. My Willy Matters

”Happy Death-And-Day-We’ve-All-Agreed-To-Accept-As-Your-Birthday, Willy! In honor of William Shakespeare turning the big 4-4-9, we gather a mighty quorum, fully eleven-thirds of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, to discuss the Bard’s lasting influence, his greatest interpreters, and amazing bowling prowess. Featuring shout-outs to great Shakespeareans, dares to teenagers, how you can probably speak more Read more…

Episode 332. My Theatre Matters!

”My Theatre Matters! is a UK campaign to get people talking about how important local theatres are to our communities. The goal is to raise awareness on both the local and national level about know how much we value theatre’s role in our cultural and economic life. This week we Read more…

Episode 331. Shakespeare Opening Weekend

”Live! from the Dress Circle of the York Theatre Royal comes this celebration of the opening weekend of our 16-week 54-city tour of The Complete Works of William Shakespeaere (abridged) . Featuring not very relaxing nights off, impertinent artistic analogies, slippery accents, knackered actors, cast doubling, joke recycling, nervous aplomb, and Read more…

Episode 330. Our April Fools

”The four gentlemen of the 2013 cast of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) — Gary Fannin, Matt Pearson, Matt Rippy, and Benjamin Stratton — share their backgrounds and expertise as they prepare for their twelve-week UK tour. Featuring a surprisingly fast sense of ensemble, the joys of doubling, the Read more…

Episode 329. History of Comedy

”Playwrights Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor discuss their eighth “Complete (abridged)” collaboration The Complete History of Comedy (abridged), which will have its Reduced Shakespeare Company world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in November 2013. Reed and Austin talk about what the show is going to be, how Read more…

Episode 328. Our Reduced Workshops

”In addition to performing our shows around the world, we teach theatre workshops in many of the various communities where we appear. This week we talk about the various workshops we offer and discuss the importance of listening, how you can book a Reduced Shakespeare Company Workshop in your community, Read more…

Episode 327. Social Media Marketing

”Our old friend Scott Bushnell, designer of not only our logo but many of our show posters, is the Advertising Creative Manager for the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and shares with us the challenges of marketing 3500 individual performances a year and eight different subscription series. Scott’s advice features Read more…

Episode 326. Questions and Feedback

”We open up the RSC mailbag this week (and the website comment pages) and try to answer and respond to the many questions and abundant feedback we’ve received over the last couple of months. Featuring references to questions asked and answered, the definition of theatrical repertory, how old-timey radio relates to Read more…

Episode 325. Sentiment and Manipulation

”The season three finale of Downton Abbey and last night’s Academy Awards prompt this conversation with NPR film critic Bob Mondello, with whom we have long wanted to discuss S&M. We discuss whether “sentimental” is an appropriate critical term, and look at tropes that affect even jaded hard-boiled critics, things that break Read more…

Episode 324. Appreciating Stephen King

”With all due respect to Annie Wilkes, reduced King scholar and film critic Katherine Naylor and I are big fans of Stephen King, so we sat down recently to discuss our favorite books, recurring themes, underrated novels, and abandoning pretension. Featuring chilling memories of reading The Stand, divergent opinions on The Read more…

Episode 323. Lovers and Scholars

”Benjamin & Catherine Woodring are graduate students at Harvard University, teaching Shakespeare under the auspices of Professor Stephen J. Greenblatt, author of the New York Times best-selling Will in the World. For this special Valentine’s Day podcast, Ben and Katy talk about their love for Shakespeare – and each other – Read more…

Episode 322. Auditioning in London

”We saw some great actors last week when we conducted auditions for the upcoming UK tour of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) . Austin Tichenor, Matt Rippy, and Davey Naylor discuss the process by which we whittled over 1200 applicants down to almost 40 auditioners to 18 callbacks. Read more…

Episode 321. Bermuda Fun Facts

”We spent a far too-reduced number of days in Bermuda this week, performing The Complete World of Sports (abridged) for three large appreciative crowds as part of the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts. We spent our too-reduced free time catching up on what we remembered from being here the Read more…

Episode 320. Outlandish Bermuda Sports

”We head back to the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts this week for the first time in over a decade and we’re very excited. Join us in our Yakima, WA hotel lobby as we sample the snacks and wine given us by the Capitol Theatre and discuss what it’s Read more…

Episode 319. Arranging Our Flights

”RSC Company Manager Alli Bostedt adds another title to her growing list – Travel Agent – and describes what it’s like getting us and our stuff all over the world. Featuring recommended travel websites, tricks we’ve learned over the years, the challenges of moving people and equipment in a post-9/11 world, and Read more…

Episode 318. Props For ‘Homeland’

”Gillian Albinski is the Prop Master for the hit TV show Homeland, and takes us behind the scenes of what it’s like to set the scene and create all the stuff you see and the actors handle. Featuring what constitutes a prop, the advantages of television over film (and vice versa), Read more…

Episode 317. Year-End Highlights

”As the final hours of 2012 tick down, we reflect on some of the highlights we’ve experienced this year, both professionally and personally. Featuring new houses, new family members, new adopted countries, book, film, and television recommendations, an inevitable bit about (sigh) baseball, and some deeply satisfying payoffs. (Length 22:37)

Episode 316. Favorite 12 ‘Days’

”In The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged), we take suggestions for things to replace the lords-a-leaping, maids-a-milking, and other assorted animals featured in the song “The 12 Days of Christmas”, and this week we share some of the favorites we’ve received. Featuring awkward silences, gift statistics, acceptable gifts when you come Read more…

Episode 315. Our New E-Book

“Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor discuss their new e-book How The Bible Changed Our Lives (Mostly For The Better), their irreverent comic memoir (originally published in paperback as The Greatest Story Ever Sold by Westminster/John Knox Press) and talk about how, while writing their whimsical look at the Bible, they find their friendship Read more…

Episode 314. Reduced Musical Abilities

”A jam session broke out recently when we got the band back together for Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) brush up rehearsals. Matt Rippy, Michael Faulkner, and Mick Orfe play their music and talk about their musical backgrounds and abilities. Featuring original compositions, the gifts of wrong notes, examples of how musical skills can Read more…

Episode 313. Celebrating & Housecleaning

”We begin our 7th year of podcasting by doing a little late-fall cleaning, explaining some of the changes we’ve made to how our podcasts are posted, walking you through what’s changed over on iTunes, pointing out some interesting bells and whistles, showing off some cool new features, revealing how many Read more…

Episode 312. Autobiography of Iago

Novelist and former theatre dramaturg Nicole Galland has written I, Iago, a novel which tells the story of Shakespeare’s famous villain and the events of the play Othello, but from Iago’s point of view. Nicole talks about her tragic, comic, and crazily compelling riff on both the familiar story and Shakespeare’s famous villain, and Read more…

Episode 311. In San Diego

”The cast of The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) in San Diego — Michael Faulkner, Mick Orfe, and Dustin Sullivan — talk about returning to San Diego Repertory Theatre and how the Christmas show differs from the RSC’s other shows. Featuring natural disasters, the glory of the coveted Scenie, some minor Read more…

Episode 310. Kings And Queens

No, not the Kevin James sitcom, nor the reality competition featuring RuPaul: Ginger UK production manager Davey Naylor recounts the reigns of the English monarchs from the ninth century to the present (2012). Featuring the ancient prerequisites for obtaining a knighthood, the differences between myths and legends, how the American Revolution Read more…

Episode 309. The UnReduced Hamlet

”Scott Parkinson is one of those great stage actors you’ve probably never heard of, and he’s playing the title role in an amazing production of Hamlet at the wonderfully intimate Writers Theatre in the Chicago suburb of Glencoe. Austin Tichenor sits down with Scott (you know, one Hamlet to another) and Read more…

Episode 308. Thoughts For Publicists

”You can’t really call us “publicity whores” because we don’t charge for it, we give it away! (We will answer, however, to “publicity sluts“.) But there’s a handful of things we’d prefer to avoid and/or not do, so this week Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor outline a series of thoughts and Read more…

Episode 307. Ambassador Chris Stevens

The death of Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 hit very close to home as our own Austin Tichenor and Chris were old friends from high school and college roommates. For this reduced audio wake, Austin is joined by fellow roommate Steven McDonald (top left corner above, and Read more…

Episode 306. Returning To ‘America’

”The Complete History of America (abridged) premiered in 1993 and ran at the Criterion Theatre in London from 1996 to 2005, and has toured recently around the US and to Singapore and Hong Kong. For this 2012 tour of the show’s “Special Election Edition”, Dustin Sullivan returns with original cast Read more…

Episode 305. Casting The Candidates

”Who cares whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would make a better president? The important question is, which one would make a better member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company? Reed Martin, Dustin Sullivan, and Austin Tichenor discuss the candidates (and all their presidential predecessors) in terms of how well they Read more…

Episode 304. Welcome Back Dustin

”Dustin Sullivan, beloved veteran of previous RSC tours (Books in the US and Ireland in 2007; America in 2008), returns this fall to perform in both the Special Election Edition of The Complete History of America (abridged) and The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged). Dustin tells us about his time on the national tour of Little House on Read more…

Episode 303. The UnCollege Movement

”It’s September and the kids have gone back to school…well, most kids have gone back to school. Young RSC fan Dale Stephens is the founder of the UnCollege movement and the author of Hacking Your Education, a manifesto about owning your own choices and forging your own path. Join us in Read more…

Episode 302. Special Election Edition

” It’s an American presidential year, so we’re rolling out the Special Election Edition of The Complete History of America (abridged) across the US. Hear excerpts from the show plus a LIVE performance from National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, and discover great history-making women, the secrets of mysterious Rhode Island, Read more…

Episode 301. Arts Theatre Talkback

”During Kids Week 2012 in London, we did a post-show Q&A after our Thursday matinee at the Arts Theatre. In this lively and revealing twenty minutes, hear impeccable English accents (theirs), terrible Scottish ones (ours), strenuous work habits (pubs), and the deeply personal reasons why we decided to go into Read more…

Episode 300. Total Laughing Stock

”To celebrate our 300th week of regular podcasting, we take you back to where our audio library all began: Laughing Stock Productions. Founder and producer Mike O’Brien tells us the history of his epic comedy label (audio home of acts ranging from Peter Cook & Dudley Moore to Tim Minchin), Read more…