Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast

Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast

United Kingdom

~ Brevity is the soul of wit. ~


Episode 557. Potted Potter P’nomenon  

Daniel Clarkson is the co-creator of the international (and un-reduced) sensation Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience. Dan talks about that unauthorized aspect and reveals other tidbits about the show’s origins, his (cough) comic heroes, the challenges of compressing seven … Continue reading

Episode 556. Abridged Too Far?  

We premiered our one-hour version of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last week, and RSC UK cast members Joseph Maudsley, Matt Pearson, and James Percy discuss the ups and downs of further reduction. Featuring problems … Continue reading

Episode 555. The Improv Nerd  

Jimmy Carrane is an improviser, teacher, and creator/host of “The Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane” Podcast, and last week he sat down with me on a beautiful Chicago morning to chat with me about his improv and performing philosophies. Featuring great … Continue reading

Episode 554. Curtain Call Online  

John Schwab talks about how Curtain Call the book (left) has become Curtain Call the online community, a place for theatre professionals and fans where the shows live on after they close, built for theatre people by theatre people. Featuring celebration … Continue reading

Episode 553. We Review ‘Will’  

Have you seen Will, the new TNT series that imagines the so-called ‘lost-years’ of William Shakespeare as a world in which Shakespeare in Love meets The Clash? We review the first two episodes with New York Times best-selling novelist Christopher Moore, … Continue reading

Episode 552. Director Christopher Edwards  

Christoper V. Edwards is directing this summer’s non-RSC production of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and he talks to us about how he got the job and how rehearsals are going (it opens … Continue reading

Episode 551. Ringling Brothers Memories  

Since the 146-year-old institution folded up its tents back in May, Reed Martin (pictured) reminisces about his days touring with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Featuring lost livelihoods, evolving tentpoles, the wild contrast between onstage and offstage antics, outdated economic models, … Continue reading

Episode 550. Bay Area Actor  

When he’s not touring with us, Teddy Spencer makes his living as an actor in the San Francisco Bay Area, and on this week’s podcast he explains how he manages to do it. Featuring the challenges of the itinerant actor, the … Continue reading

Episode 549. Remembering A.R. Gurney  

Our good friend Howard Sherman remembers his good friend A.R. Gurney, the celebrated playwright and so-called “chronicler of contemporary America’s most unfashionable social stratum — upper-middle-class WASPS” (according to Frank Rich), who died this week at the age of 86. … Continue reading

Episode 548. What About Cellphones?  

Several high-profiles performers (including Glenn Close, Patti Lupone, and Hugh Jackman) have recently stopped their live performances on Broadway to chastise an audience member for distracting everyone with a ringing or bright cellphone. But is the solution more distracting than … Continue reading

Episode 547. Playing The Festivals  

There’s something about a festival crowd…Our recent three-performance appearance at the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk inspired memories of appearances we’ve made at other festivals over the years: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Just For Laughs, Serious Fun at Lincoln … Continue reading

Episode 546. UK Tour Report  

Our 50-city, 51-venue, 60-plus-show UK tour of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) came to an end this weekend and Joe Maudsley, Matt Pearson, and James Percy sat down (on the beach!) to tell us what it’s been like to … Continue reading

Episode 545. Prague Shakespeare Company  

Guy Roberts, the artistic director of Prague Shakespeare Company, talks about how the company was founded and how Shakespeare is bringing nations and peoples together. Featuring important Spinal Tap influences, the challenge of completing the canon, comparisons between LongLostShakes and The … Continue reading

Episode 544. Touring With Alice  

School’s out for summer! So Tal Sanders (not pictured), Assistant Professor of Theatre at Pacific University, tells us tales of touring with Alice Cooper (pictured) when he (Tal) was a young theatre technician. Featuring synonyms for nimble, tales of rock stars seen and concerts worked, scandalous … Continue reading

Episode 543. Editing Pop-Up Shakespeare  

Walker Books editor Daisy Jellicoe discusses the joy of editing children’s books generally, pop-up books particularly, and Pop-Up Shakespeare especially. Featuring the marriage of Jennie Maizels‘ images and our text, similarities between editing children’s books and reducing, the importance of reader engagement, keeping … Continue reading

Episode 542. Writing Pop-Up Shakespeare  

Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor discuss Pop-Up Shakespeare, the beautiful illustrated book they created with artist and wily pop-up book veteran Jennie Maizels. Featuring plays and stories, poems and pictures, realistic price points, multiple incarnations, individual journeys, Shakespeare’s grave spoilers, … Continue reading

Episode 541. Pop-Up Shakespeare Book  

Artist Jennie Maizels talks about Pop-Up Shakespeare, the fun and interactive introduction to all of Shakespeare’s plays and poetry, with text by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor to be published September 2017 by Walker Books (UK & Australia) and Candlewick Press (US). Jennie … Continue reading

Episode 540. Stevens Scholar Program  

This week marks the birthday of Chris Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya who was killed in Benghazi in 2012. In 2013 Chris’s family established the Stevens Scholar Program at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at our alma mater … Continue reading

Episode 539. Encouraging Young Writers  

It’s national Encourage a Young Writer Day! To honor this auspicious occasion, we discuss the old adage “write what you know” with playwright Tom Coash, who shares his experiences struggling with narrative and the importance of procrastination research, the value of networks, … Continue reading

Episode 538. Falcon Theatre Fools  

The Falcon Theatre is producing its own non-RSC production of The Complete History of Comedy (abridged), so April Fools Day seems like the perfect time to meet the Falcon’s fools: Zehra Fazal, Marc Ginsburg, and Mark Jacobson (pictured). Hear them chat about the … Continue reading

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