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"A bright, breezy, and entertaining affair, well stocked with interviews, features, and excerpts from the shows!" So said The Telegraph (UK) when it named the RSC Podcast one of its Top Podcasts. Backstage drama. Touring trauma. Famous Guests. Infamous quests. Literary analysis. No urinalysis. All this and less – on the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast. Find old podcast episodes here. It’s “All Things Reduced” every Monday – and it’s free!






Episode 562. Reframing The Shrew

Ron West, whose adaptation of The Comedy of Errors won a Jeff Award for best adaptation when Chicago Shakespeare Theatre produced it in 2008, is back at Chicago Shakes with a new framing device for Barbara Gaines’ all female production of … Continue reading →

Duration: 00:18:57

Episode 561. Fall Tour Preview

Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor preview all our upcoming fall dates: four shows in three countries, ten states, and thirteen cities, performed by a dozen or so actors! Featuring news about The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised], All the Great Books … Continue reading →

Duration: 00:18:16

Episode 560. Water Will Come

Jeff Goodell (left, shown touring Alaska with President Obama) is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and the author of “The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World.” In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey … Continue reading →

Duration: 00:18:21

Episode 559. Technical Theatre Textbook

As students and teachers head back to school, it’s the perfect time to talk to Tal Sanders, assistant professor of theatre at Pacific University in Oregon, who has written a new textbook about technical theatre — and it’s absolutely free! … Continue reading →

Duration: 00:24:13

Episode 558. Theatre In Chicago

On the occasion of its world premiere (and Broadway-bound) production of Trevor: The Musical, Writers Theatre artistic director Michael Halberstam talks about the Chicago theatre community, its evolving so-called “style”, and the state of musical theatre (and theatre generally) in … Continue reading →

Duration: 00:20:41

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 →

Duration: 00:19:44

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 →

Duration: 00:20:29

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 →

Duration: 00:19:52

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 →

Duration: 00:19:52

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 →

Duration: 00:22:01

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 →

Duration: 00:25:17

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 →

Duration: 00:19:20

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 →

Duration: 00:20:29

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 →

Duration: 00:21:27

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 →

Duration: 00:19:56

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 →

Duration: 00:20:21

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 →

Duration: 00:18:30

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 →

Duration: 00:15:30

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 →

Duration: 00:28:01

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 →

Duration: 00:21:21

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