“LIVE! From the Reston Center in Virginia comes the third and final episode of extracts from the evening of Lost Works from The Complete Works of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (abridged) Extravaganza. Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor play excerpts from their TBS pilot “The Week Reduced” and discuss that project’s legacy while also stealing a song from Matt Rippy. Featuring two podcast exclusives: an update on the RSC’s injured list and Michael Faulkner‘s little ditty. (Find Part One and Part Two of the Lost Works evening here and here.) (Length 19:40)
“Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor announce an unprecedented event: The Complete Works of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (abridged) Extravaganza, produced by the Reston Community Center in Reston, VA, from September 12-21, 2014: seven shows in ten days, appearances from past and present members of the RSC, workshops, special performances, talkbacks, live podcast recordings, special guests, and more. We know where we’ll be! (Length 17:29)
“Second City‘s legacy informs every aspect of contemporary comedy (including many alumni who’ve performed with us) and this week Executive Vice President and President of Second City Theatricals Kelly Leonard gives us the reduced history of Second City’s over-fifty year impact on popular culture. Featuring phenomenal growth, changing trends, ensemble spirit in a city of ensembles, developing new work without losing what’s essential, and sobering examples and cautionary tales. (Length 18:48)
“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 Shakespeare than you know, a special appearance by Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore, and the joy of playing Shakespearean roles without all that pesky poetry. What a piece of work is this man! (Length 29:42)
“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 help you get acting jobs, Rippy’s ditties, Faulkner’s teenage experimentation, and Orfe’s musical exhibitionism. (Length 22:22)
Ready for some holiday cheer? Don’t miss the first National Tourof The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) coming to Reston VA, Charlotte, Fort Worth, San Diego, St. Louis and Anchorage! Take a look. Last season The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) broke box office records, so buy your tickets early. Don’t miss the show that was a Boston Globe “Critic’s Choice” and that according to Theatre Mirror, “Brought down the house with gales of laughter!”
“LIVE! from US Interstate Highway 91, en route from Stowe VT to Reston VA, we talk about how touring has changed over the years, sometimes for the better and sometimes not. Featuring unpaid endorsements, tips on long-drive-time-killing, unauthorized Michael Faulkner taunting, a special appearance by 20-year Apple Media Propulsion Engineer Alex Beaman, AND a special London 2012 ticket deal! (Length 18:22)
“Michael Faulkner returns to the RSC fold and regales us with tales of Measure For Measure at A Noise Within in Los Angeles, where he’s playing Elbow. Featuring the differences between acting and stage managing, between real Shakespeare and reduced Shakespeare, how to get Shakespeare up into fifth gear, and how auditions pay off even when you don’t get the gig. (MP3. Length 20:51)
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 from the America show…
“Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin are writing The Complete World of Sports (abridged), which the Reduced Shakespeare Company will premiere in September 2010. But they’re in rehearsals now, directing a non-RSC production in California. They talk about this unusual process, and about the wisdom of playwrights directing their own work. Featuring keen insights, mild inarticulation, and a special appearance by Michael Faulkner reading one of his topical limericks from TopicalLimerick.com. (MP3. Length 20:09)
“Alash, poor Yorick! Alash, the Tuvan throat-singing ensemble, opened for us in Salina, Kansas, and it prompted memories of other greats we’ve brushed up against in the past. Featuring several varieties of greatness, ranging from Chachi to Python, a special nudge from Lou Reed, some fabulous RSC feedback, and the special warmth of Andie McDowell. (MP3. Length 18:24)
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 Junior College theater arts department. And then on February 12 & 13 we’ll be performing at the historic Sebastiani Theater in Sonoma, CA as a benefit for both the Sebastiani Theater and the Sonoma Valley High School Drama Department.
*** We’ll give a special prize to anyone who attends all three performances – a free autograph in the lobby after the final Sebastiani show! Okay, okay, we’re busted. We sign autographs in the lobby after every performance…
“It’s summer vacation, yet podcast we must! What’s it like to work while everybody else is on holiday? Tales of on-the-road Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s, St. Patricks’ and Independence Day celebrations. Featuring a special appearance by Carol Smith from Class 95 in Singapore and an exclusive excerpt from the new musical Mercy Madonna of Malawi. (MP3. Length 17:05)
“Another Reduced debate which settles nothing! Matt Rippy (PC) and Michael Faulkner (Mac) hold forth on the relative merits of the different computers and operating systems. Featuring disturbing percentages, insightful Hasbro-Mattel analogies, and a startling covetous epiphany! Would you rather drive a Jaguar or a Yugo? Up to you….(MP3. Length 20:39)
Jeff Marlow picks up from Michael Faulkner, continuing his fantastic tour blog…. Greetings from beautiful Glen Ellyn, Illinois, heading into the final weeks of the RSC’s U.S. tour of The Complete History of America (abridged)! The tour has continued to be a phenomenal success, with more wonderful crowds throughout this Midwestern leg of the journey. Our final two East Coast performances were in South Orange, New Jersey and New Bedford, Massachusetts. In South Orange, we performed at the swanky South Orange Performing Arts Center, which boasts not only a beautiful mainstage theatre but also five movie theatres (I, for one, would love to see more combo theatre-and-movie houses).
“RSC actor Michael Faulkner hijacks this week’s podcast and reports live from Richmond, Virginia and Jennerstown, Pennsylvania. Michael presents an ode to the wonders of saliva, tales of our crazy opening at the Mountain Playhouse, RSC TV career updates, one reason we get booked in red states, special appearances by day-saver Kiff Vanden Heuvel and Richmond presenter Kathy Panoff, and the sexy beast new actor Jeff Marlow reminds us of. Also, a special excerpt from “Cause For Cancer“, the new single from our favorite death metal band Hero Destroyed. (MP3. Length 19:25)
Newest RSC member Jeff Marlow takes up the tour blog baton and runs with it, taking pictures along the way….Greetings from Burlington, Vermont, right smack in the middle of the RSC’s U.S. tour of The Complete History of America (abridged)! It’s been a phenomenal run so far, with sold out crowds and uniformly enthusiastic audience responses everywhere from Mississippi to Massachusetts.We opened the tour, as Michael Faulkner noted in an earlier post, in beautiful Richmond, Virginia, where we performed in the stylish Alice Jepson Theatre, whose lobby looked like it had been pulled straight from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:
Michael Faulkner reports from the first performance of The Complete History of America (abridged) in Richmond, VA…Well, you’ll all be happy to know that we opened the tour last night in Richmond, and Richmond has set the bar high. We’ve been put up at the swankiest of historic hotels, the Jefferson. Don’t you come stalking us, now… we’re leaving tomorrow. It’s totally apropos… named after founding father Thomas Jefferson and 11 former Presidents have slept there (mostly GOP, for some reason – probably because they’re richer than Dems).
“Don’t know your Bacons from your Marlowes, your deVeres from your Rutlands? Fear not. As William Shakespeare turns the big 4-4-4, we review the candidates some people consider the actual authors of Shakespeare’s plays. Featuring scandalous scholarship, an excerpt from Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Guide for the Attention-Impaired (abridged), and an answer to the RSC’s own authorship issues. A rose by any other name still smells….(MP3. Length 23:12)
This age-old philosophical question is analyzed in irredeemably geeky and undeniably nerdy depth by the RSC’s resident Trekkies. Featuring startling insights why Star Trek is like Shakespeare, an excerpt from our Paul Harris interview at KMOX, and special guest appearances from actual Star Trek story editors and Borg fighters. Embrace the cheese! (MP3. Length 19:29)
“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 Scott Bakula, and – finally! – the secret to memorization! (Spoiler alert: it involves memorization.) (MP3. Length 21:07)
“The RSC Podcast turns the big 5-0! We hear news from San Diego, the site of the worst of the recent southern California wildfires, and get answers to such burning questions as: what Matt Croke does inside people’s heads, which RSC member likes the teddy bear rub, and which two movies combine to make Passion of the Christ. Plus RSC Feedback, extra special bonus points if you can name the ringtone on Michael Faulkner‘s phone, and a special appearance by Bay Area broadcast legend Dave Morey from KFOG-FM. Go Fogheads! (MP3. Length 21:30)
“Austin chats with RSC actor Michael Faulkner about how he teaches Shakespeare, and checks in with his own kids about what nasty words they’ve picked up. Featuring a very special RSC Q&A with Adam Long, an excerpt from The Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show (originally b’cast on the BBC World Service), and a war of non-Shakespearean words between Jerry Kernion and Matt Croke. (MP3. Length 21:51)