Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast

Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast

United Kingdom

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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

Episode 537. We Love London  

Like you, we were horrified to hear about the attack on the Palace of Westminster near the Houses of Parliament last week, so wanted to pay audio tribute to the city we love so much and its citizens, many of whom … Continue reading

Episode 536. Discussing ‘Much Ado’  

Austin Tichenor‘s production of Much Ado About Nothing closed its four-performance run last weekend at Pacific University in Oregon, and on opening night, department chair Ellen Margolis conducted a Q&A where they talked about conceptual and dramaturgical choices, the importance of authorial … Continue reading

Episode 535. What’s A Play?  

Last summer, while performing William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we saw all sorts of theatrical events that led us to ask, “What’s a play?” Over drinks at the pub after a performance, we discussed … Continue reading

Episode 534. Writing About ‘Veils’  

Playwright Tom Coash has written Veils, the story of a culture clash between two Muslim women — one American, one Egyptian, both college students — and how their friendship is tested by their different expressions of faith. After six professional productions, Veils … Continue reading

Episode 533. Matt Croke’s Memoir  

Old friend Matthew Croke discusses his newly-published memoir Yes, And…: A Journey of Hope Through Tragedy, which begins with the discovery that his wife Lisa’s cancer has returned while she’s pregnant with their third daughter. During this time, Matt kept a journal which became an … Continue reading

Episode 532. Shakespeare & Trump  

How should / would / will William Shakespeare respond to a character like President Trump? We talk with Shakespeare artists and administrators Kate Powers, Amy Wratchford, Mya Gosling, and Mac MacDaniel about productions they’d like to see during the next four years … Continue reading

Episode 531. Thinking Shakespeare’s Text  

Scott Parkinson is one of the truly great American interpreters of Shakespeare, and certainly the only one we know personally who will talk to us. While chatting about his recent Writers Theatre production of Julius Caesar (which he adapted, co-directed, and … Continue reading

Episode 530. British ‘LongLost’ Opening  

The UK cast of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) — James Percy, Joe Maudsley, and Matt Pearson — reflect on the craziness of the opening performances of this 50-city tour, and discuss the process of taking LongLostShakes out of … Continue reading

Episode 529. Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation  

Author, actor, director, and producer Ben Crystal tells us about his work researching, performing, and teaching Shakespeare’s words in their original 400-year-old pronunciations. Featuring the evolution of language and pronunciation, how accent affects movement and behavior, the king of rock and … Continue reading

Episode 528. LongLost UK Cast  

Meet the cast for our 2017 UK spring tour of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) (l-r): Matt Pearson, James Percy, and Joe Maudsley. Matt (a veteran of two and a half previous RSC tours) and James and Joe … Continue reading

Episode 527. The Writers Theatre  

Recently dubbed “Company of the Year” by Terry Teachout in the Wall Street Journal, the Writers Theatre in the Chicago suburb of Glencoe began in the back of a bookstore and in its 25th anniversary season opened its brand new multi-million … Continue reading

Episode 526. Othello v. Othello  

Patricia Burke-Hickey, Instructor of English at Phillips Exeter Academy, talks about seeing two possibly landmark interpretations of William Shakespeare’s Othello back to back: the New York Theatre Workshop production starring David Oyelowo (Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma) as the … Continue reading

Episode 525. Ten Year Highlights  

We highlight ten signature moments, one from each of the ten years of the first decade of the RSC Podcast, that best represent the scope of what we’ve attempted to do week after week. Featuring behind the scenes conversations showcasing how our shows are created, … Continue reading

Episode 524. Podcasting Ten Years  

The RSC Podcast recently celebrated its tenth year of weekly podcasting. Austin Tichenor reminisces about the podcast’s origins, his brushes with the great, the near-great, the famous, and the infamous; the real-time chronicle of nearly half of the RSC’s theatrical … Continue reading

Episode 523. More Sam Williams  

Our friend Sam Williams of the Flying Karamazov Brothers (right) died suddenly in November 2016, and we had just had the pleasure of seeing him and recording a lengthy conversation in which Sam talked about his work and adventures juggling and … Continue reading

Episode 522. Doing Chinese Laundry  

You’d think it’d be easy to do show laundry in China, right? Not particularly. One of the regular challenges of touring got slightly more challenging last week as the two washer-dryer combos got a little persnickety. Our Jill-of-all-trades Alli Bostedt tells a … Continue reading

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