Holiday Ghost Story

Inspired by the Berko Speakeasy, this week we present a festive tale by Canadian novelist Robertson Davies, from his slim volume High Spirits: A Collection of Ghost Stories. Abridged and read by Austin Tichenor. Featuring: ghostly visitations; poor relations; spectral elitism; Norwegian sneering; drafty accommodations; phantom arthritis; and something called…a rumpus room. (Length 24:34)

A Little Dickens: The Complete Christmas Carol (abridged)

Want to experience all the joy and wonder of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic but only have about ten minutes? You’re in luck!

A Little Dickens: The Complete Christmas Carol (abridged) (complete with 46 second encore) is an audio production written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, first heard on Public Radio International in 1995, and produced by Connie Blaszczyk, Peter John Marquez, and the Reduced Shakespeare Company.

Free for the whole family!! Or just for you alone!! Just click the Play Triangle below.

From all of us to all of you…Happy Merry Chrismakwanukahhanzukah! (song not included)

FEATURING
Matthew Croke as
Bob Cratchit
Ghost of Christmas Specials Past
Tiny Tim
Ghost of Christmas Future Conditional
Urchin

Reed Martin as
Jacob Marley
Bleeding Heart Do-Gooder
Fezziwig
Ghost of Christmas Presents
Mrs. Cratchit

Austin Tichenor as
Ebenezer Scrooge

(Pictured up top: Reed Martin as Ebenezer Scrooge in All The Great Books (abridged). Below: Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor, Matt Rippy, Dustin Sullivan, Mick Orfe, and Michael Faulkner from the Reduced Shakespeare Company production of  The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged). Photos by Julie McClelland and Meghan Moore)

731. Berko Speakeasy Christmas

Two-time Olivier Award-winner Adrian Scarborough talks about the latest edition of The Berko Speakeasy which has turned its annual holiday edition of festive favo(u)rites into a virtual international affair, allowing folks from all over the world to enjoy excellent short stories performed by terrific actors. Adrian (left) discusses the pleasures and challenges of moving to a virtual format and reveals some other writing projects; the creativity and fun of editing; how he learns from masters and excellent teachers; the power and difficulty of a festive background; sobering up from being drunk with power; and how short stories provide more bang for your buck (and quid). Featuring smooth holiday music from guitarist Eric Essix off his album, My Gift To You. Get your tickets here, and follow the Berko Speakeasy on Twitter here! (Length 18:48)

The Reduced Shakespeare Company Christmas

Your new holiday tradition! The complete (unabridged) recording of The Reduced Shakespeare Company Christmas, produced by Connie Blaszczyk for Public Radio International in 1995, which has been unavailable for years and features Adam Long, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor, and Matthew Croke in a special “live” recording from RSC HQ. Not to be confused with our stage production The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged), the RSC Christmas features transmissions from Yule-Sat, Reed’s Happy Wholesome Holiday Poem, Carolers from Hell, just A Little Dickens, the incredibly helpful Carol Complaint Line, almost-25-year-old references, a very minor holiday apocalypse, 12 Tips of Christmas, our epic production of “The Complete Christmas Carol (abridged)”, an exclusive interview with Charles Dickens himself, and ultimately, inevitably, the True Meaning of Christmas. (Length 46:33)

Episode 628. Very Reduced ‘Christmas’

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

Episode 574. The Stupidest Angel

‘THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Episode 478. Reading Stage Directions

Episode 475. Our Poster (L)Artist

Episode 471.5. Happy Merry Chrismakwanukkahhanzukkah!

Episode 471. Doctor Who Creatures

Episode 367. Books We Want

Christmas Schlepping!

Episode 317. Year-End Highlights

Episode 316. Favorite 12 ‘Days’

Episode 315. Our New E-Book

Episode 314. Reduced Musical Abilities

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Chrismakwanukkahanzakah!

Happy Merry Chrismakwanukkahanzakah!

Episode 265. Feast Or Famine

Episode 264. Box Office Records

Episode 263. ‘Ultimate Christmas’ Highlights

Episode 262. Talking About ‘Christmas’

Episode 261. Adjustments and Reactions

Episode 260. ‘Christmas’ Opening Weekend

‘Ultimate Christmas’ Shatters Sales Records!

Episode 254. Being An Understudy

Episode 252. Acting Our Scripts

Episode 229. Our Christmas Show

Episode 211. Most Dangerous Christmas

Episode 159. Our Holiday Traditions

Episode 108. Crumbs At Midnight

The Ultimate Christmas Carol

Episode 107. Charles Dickens Unplugged