Episode 117. Educate Motivate Inspire

”Doesn’t sound like us, does it? No, it’s the motto of Envision-EMI, the producer of the Presidential Youth Leadership Conference we performed at in January. Featuring what exactly we look for in future leaders, what future leaders like most in an RSC show, and how we inspire future leaders… to Read more…

Episode 115. We Get Micknames

”RSC actor Mick Orfe reveals the scientific process he uses to give us all the perfect nicknames. Featuring the world’s worst Sammy Davis Jr impressions, the toughest of all dairy cows, and the true identity of Noggin revealed.  (MP3. Length 18:50)

Episode 113C. Magical History Tour

”Our first Video Podcast details our recent tour from the battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania down to Washington, DC – just in time to witness the historic Inauguration of President Barack Obama. Featuring historical insight, behind the scenes secrets, shaky camera work, and secrets to winning the Civil War. Roll up! Read more…

Episode 113B. Comix & Comics

”Sophomoric, yes, but comic-bookish?  Tim Young, host of the Deconstructing Comics Podcast, and Austin Tichenor discuss the influence of comic book characters and the comic strip form on theater generally and RSC shows in particular. Featuring insight into punchline delivery, a special appearance by Jimmy Neutron, and the perfect idea Read more…

Episode 113A. Reduced Temporary Podcast

”Technical difficulties in California necessitate this extremely reduced and hopefully temporary podcast, which merely explains why it’s reduced and temporary. Not one for the archives but enjoy if you can. It won’t take long. (MP3. Length 2:36)

Episode 112. Happy New President!

”Our return to Washington DC this week coincides with the inauguration of America’s 44th President, and sparks memories of previous trips to our nation’s capital. Featuring brushes with DC greatness, important White House secrets, how we’re jumping through dozens of security hoops, and the revelation of exactly how we roll. Read more…

Episode 109. Why We Act

”A listener’s question inspires this year-end reflection: Why do we do what we do? Reduced members muse over reasons they answered the call and chose “the biz”: was it the gratification, the glory, or the girls? We discover that a geology degree is a very useful thing when stage managing Read more…

Episode 104. Shakespeare (abridged)

”The RSC is strapping on the tights again for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) — and this time it’s revised. Authors Jess Winfield and Daniel Singer talk about what prompted them to update the script, what references they wanted to update, and – thankfully for us – how Read more…

Episode 102. Soothing Epsom Assaults

”We return this week to the Epsom Playhouse in England and remember the time a simple post-show game of Jenga almost caused an international incident. Featuring blatant jingoism, latent jengaism, a special appearance from UK media superstar Lauren Laverne, and a report on the RSC’s sponsorship of the UK charity ok2b. Read more…

Episode 95. Reduced Rehearsal Process

”Every RSC actor has to do it: learn our shows in a ridiculously short amount of time AND submit to a podcast interview. Jeff Marlow tours America this fall in The Complete History of America (abridged) and talks about the differences between our rehearsal process and that of a REAL Read more…

Episode 94. Special Election Edition

”The US Presidential Election is just around the corner, so the Special Election Edition of The Complete History of America (abridged) is off around the country. During a lunch break in rehearsal we discuss just how political we are — and aren’t. Featuring lame political insights, extremist viewpoints regarding the Read more…

Episode 93. Full English Breakfast

”LIVE! From Dressing Room 3 at the Stratford Circus, the UK cast of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) reports on the first weekend of performances. Featuring director Matt Rippy, authors Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor, speechless actors, the glories of Sanskrit comedy, the nature of Read more…

Episode 92. UK Bible Boys

”Meet Jack Bennett, Simon Cole, and William Meredith — along with John Kielty, they’re the newest members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company and will perform The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) in fifty-three UK cities this fall. Find out their backgrounds and hear tales of drama dorks, Matt Read more…

Episode 90. The RSC Founder

”Finally! After almost two years of podcasting, Reduced Shakespeare Company founder Daniel Singer talks about the company’s early days and the development of the The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Featuring true stories about how the company went from four performers to three, analysis of Shakespeare’s juvenile early work, how Read more…

Episode 87. Walking The Line

”The Long Run: How do actors keep it interesting? How do they walk the line of doing the show as rehearsed and keeping it fresh and alive night after night? That’s what we discussed one night in the dressing room before and during a recent performance. Featuring listener questions, more Read more…

Episode 86. Meet Matt Rippy

”Matt Rippy – RSC webmaster, director of our upcoming UK tour of The Bible (abridged), and featured actor on Torchwood and The Dark Knight – finally sits down for an in-depth interview. Featuring kissing tips from one gay icon to another, what it’s like to be an American actor in Read more…

Episode 84. Opening Night Crowds

”The classic opening night audience is dissected and examined, and several actual audience members are pinned to the wall and forced to speak. Featuring sweeping generalizations, very strong if completely uninformed opinions, feedback from podcast listeners, and a classic theatre story! Plus, a special guest appearance from Peter Overby from Read more…

Episode 83. Notes For Dustin

”Poor Dustin Sullivan. After performing All The Great Books (abridged) in St. Louis, Ireland, and Ithaca (New York), he’s now performing in San Jose, California with the script’s two authors as his co-stars. Featuring insight into a reduced rehearsal process, the difference between acting and vaudeville, Dustin’s role-winning joke, and Read more…

Episode 81. Great Books (abridged)

”Co-authors Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor reveal the birth pangs (and leg pains) of the RSC’s fifth stage show All The Great Books (abridged). Featuring excerpts from live performances, adaptation tips, performance advice, semi-obscure Curt Schilling references, a special and scornful appearance from Scott Simon of National Public Radio, and Read more…

Episode 80. Friday Night Lights

”No, this week’s podcast is not about the critically-acclaimed but low-rated NBC show about high-school football in a small Texas town. We talk about the odd scientific phenomenon of a large Friday night audience not responding as loudly as its numbers might suggest. Plus, an examination of the obverse principal: Read more…

Episode 79. We’re Always On

”Is it always a laugh a minute with RSC members offstage? Not hardly, yet many people are surprised to discover comedians aren’t always as energetic offstage as they are on. Featuring the perils and pitfalls of being constantly ‘on’, the difference between choosing to perform and chasing demons, some tiny Read more…

Episode 77. Three Word Stories

”The “Three Word Story” is RSC fan fiction written by committee — three words at a time — at the Reduced Shakespeare Company Forum, where audience participation rises to a whole new level. Featuring an extended tour around our website, zippy new theme music by Jon Weber, some YouTube greatness, Read more…

Episode 74. Meet Adrian Scarborough

”English character actor Adrian Scarborough talks about working at London’s National Theatre and in UK films with fantastic actors like Michael Gambon, John Wood, Imelda Staunton, and terrific directors like Mike Leigh and Nicholas Hytner. Hear insights into making the movie Vera Drake, learn a whole new meaning to the Read more…

Episode 73. Mick and Jerry

”Mick Orfe and Jerry Kernion — old friends and RSC actors who share the same roles — overlapped recently in DC and caught up on old times. Featuring conflicting stories on how they met, the value of RenFaire training, unnecessary digs at innocent bystander Brent Tubbs, and special appearances by Read more…

Episode 71. Love From Europe

”The Dutch, the French, and the Germans love the RSC! Brent Tubbs tells stories from his ten week tour of Belgium and Holland, and offers insights about corpsing and the intimidation factor of working with Noah Brody. Featuring a German voice message, French feedback, a special appearance by Carey Perloff, Read more…

Episode 70. More From London

”LIVE! from the Captain’s Cabin pub in London: a conversation with former RSC stage manager Davey Naylor. Featuring the pitfalls of the Internet, a glorification of the Facebook Group I Worked With the Reduced Shakespeare Company!, a distinct cry for help, and fascinating technical details about how we record our Read more…

Episode 69. Backstage in DC

”Join us as we wander backstage at Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre. Stroll down the Hallway of Fame! Marvel at the stars! Gaze befuddled at the Elvis Shrine! Wonder how the hell you really pronounce Ted van Griethuysen! Listen enrapt to stories of the other RSC! Shake your Read more…

Episode 68. The Alaska Story

”This week’s Alaska trip prompts recollections of a series of unfortunate (but fantastic) RSC events which took place in our 49th State. Featuring memories both fond and horrific, things not to say to an Alaskan woman during the winter, favorable comparisons to other comedians, and a special appearance by Matt Read more…

Episode 60. Bea Arthur Lookalike

”Stage Manager Kea Watson returns from Hollywood, where she’s the second 2nd AD (Assistant Director) on the hit CBS show Cold Case. Since production has been suspended due to the writers strike, Kea joins us in Charlotte and talks about her other job. Featuring insight into what it’s like being part Read more…

Episode 58. Belgium and Holland

”Meet the cast that’s coming to Belgium and Holland this week: Brent Tubbs, Noah Brody, and newest RSC member Mark Farrell, who gets a primer on RSC touring. Featuring the proper way to eat pommes frites, unneccessary digs at Michael Faulkner, a celebration of Belgian beer, a special appearance by Read more…

Episode 56. What Are We

”Our religious backgrounds are many and varied, and this week we reflect on how they affect our creating and performing The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged). Featuring some questionable theology, the perks of agnosticism, and a special appearance by an honest-to-God JuBu! God bless us, every one! (MP3. Read more…

Episode 54. Reaching Critical Mass

”Sometimes a small matinee audience fails to reach critical mass and they become afraid to laugh. The RSC banters backstage about what to do in such a sitch. Featuring tips on mixing and matching your animals on Noah’s Ark, intricate theme park analogies, a timely excerpt from Western Civilization: The Read more…

Episode 53. Just For Us

”The RSC Podcast begins its second year by swapping tales of shows we loved being in more than audiences loved seeing. Featuring the realities of performing for non-English-speaking crowds, the dangers of casts that outnumber audiences, and the perils of adapting Dostoevsky’s The Possessed. Plus, a special appearance by Billy Read more…

Episode 52. Writing “Completely Hollywood”

”Reed and Austin talk about how they wrote — and continue to write — the RSC’s latest stage show Completely Hollywood (abridged). You’ll learn which movies influenced the writing, why some movies make our Greatest Movies Ever list and some don’t, and how (and why) the script keeps evolving. Featuring Read more…

Episode 51. At The Table

”After every performance, we meet and greet the audience at the table in the lobby, so we decided to turn the microphone on and let our Podcast listeners hear what they have to say. Learn about The Rules of the Game, what happened when we made changes to the first Read more…

Episode 49. The Week Reduced

”Reed and Austin talk about the creation and taping of The Week Reduced, the RSC’s foray into weekly television. Featuring a breakdown of the TV writing process, an evaluation of the two tapings, and an interview with cast member Dana Sorman. Plus, a special appearance by singer-songwriter Libbie Schrader and Read more…

Episode 48. Play By Play (Pt. 2)

”The commentary continues! LIVE! from the balcony of the Royal George Theatre in Chicago: Matt, Reed, and Austin provide play-by-play commentary during an actual performance of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)“. Featuring live performances from Brad Harbaugh, Tim Schueneman, and Kiff Vanden Heuvel, and a special appearance Read more…

Episode 47. Play By Play (Pt. 1)

”LIVE! from the balcony of the Royal George Theatre in Chicago, Matt Croke, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor provide play-by-play commentary during an actual performance of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged). Featuring live performances from Brad Harbaugh, Tim Schueneman, and Kiff Vanden Heuvel, and a special appearance Read more…

Episode 46. The Chicago Guys

”Meet Karl Hamilton, Brad Harbaugh, Tim Schueneman, and Kiff Vanden Heuvel, the newest members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and hear what it’s like to learn two RSC shows in four weeks. Learn some tricks about performing RSC shows and marvel at the attendance record we shattered last week! Featuring Read more…

Episode 43. It’s Captain Marvel!

”Recent RSC addition Steve Marvel talks about The Actor’s Life….specifically, his. Steve and Austin share complaints about playing the “Verbose Professorial One”, and discuss the burdens of finding a motivation other than “not being fired”. Featuring some clues about who’s performing where this fall and a special appearance by by Read more…

Episode 41. The Irish Guys

”A lively LIVE interview with Noah Brody, Ryan Dietz, and Dustin Sullivan, who’ll be performing All The Great Books (abridged) in Ireland starting Sept. 22. Featuring alternative audition techniques, commercial gigs both lost and found, a reduced Tolkien debate, and dozens of screaming girls! Plus, a special appearance by the Read more…

Episode 37. How To Audition

”Want to audition for the Reduced Shakespeare Company? Reed and Austin outline everything they look for during RSC casting sessions. Featuring advice, tips, warnings, and explanations why sometimes even the best actors don’t make the cut. Plus, a special appearance by Brick Hawke and Attacus Dove, hosts of the Hawke Read more…

Episode 34. The Windy City

”We’re coming to Chicago! Our opening at the Royal George Theatre prompts this tribute to the City of Big Shoulders. We celebrate this great theatre town, debate the merits of the Cubs v. the White Sox, and reveal the truth about Mrs O’Leary’s cow. Featuring a special appearance by Charna Read more…

Episode 32. The Celtic Tiger

”Whatever you call it….the Emerald Isle….the Land of Saints and Scholars….the Celtic Tiger…Ireland is one of our favorite places. Since we’re touring there for eight weeks, we tell Irish tales of the perils of pub singing and the legend of Oliver Reed. Featuring special appearances by Irish natives Jane Fitzpatrick Read more…

Episode 31. Happy Birthday America!

”In honor of America’s big 2-3-1, we feature The Complete History of America (abridged) in all of its reverent irreverence, and some truly patriotic behind-the-scenes info about how to celebrate and needle a large world power. Featuring a special appearance by Peter Hulne, star of the Comedy Central show American Read more…

Episode 28. Meet “Professor” Letwin

”A Very Special “Where Are They Now?” (or rather, a “Who Are They Again?”) episode. David Letwin, an original member of the Criterion Theatre cast in London, tells outrageous tales of Royals in the stalls, Adventures in Lecturing, and an audience with Moses Himself. Special appearance by Gary Rudoren, co-author Read more…

Episode 27. By The Bay!

”LIVE! from the streets of San Francisco, where we’re planning to open The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) and Completely Hollywood (abridged). Featuring live excerpts from both shows, a businessy but fascinating interview with our SF producer Brad Balduf of Jian Enterprises, and a special appearance by David Read more…

Episode 24. Let It Snow!

”We’ve died many times onstage, but only once for real (almost!) on this terrible flight into upstate New York. Memories of a horrible blizzard, prompted by our performance at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Featuring bi-coastal fan feedback and a special appearance by Neil Flynn, the Janitor from TV’s Scrubs. Read more…

Episode 23. Mick And Brent

”Brent Tubbs & Mick Orfe chronicle their first performances in Completely Hollywood (abridged), and share surprisingly similar tales of air travel woes, actor’s nightmares, and strange superpowers. Featuring an appearance by playwright/director Ron West and incessant intrusion by the three B’s: Bad Bar Backgroundmusic. BBB afraid. (MP3. Length 19:34)

Episode 22. Our First Time

”You always remember your First Time. So do we. Memorable first RSC performances are recalled this week, with special emphasis on line flubs, urgent calls of nature, and sexual objectification. Plus, a special appearance by big-time Hollywood casting director Debra Zane. Ready for our close-up now, DZ! (MP3. Length 19:34)

Episode 20. Up Your Peninsula!

”Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (the U.P.), the home of yoopers and Michigan Tech University, where we performed Hollywood (abridged) and chatted with the audience for 45 minutes afterward. Featuring the #1 Law of Physical Comedy, the dangers of Bar Funny, shout-outs to all our London theaters, and a special appearance by RSC Read more…