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Austin Tichenor

is the co-artistic director of the Reduced Shakespeare Company; a writing and acting coach at The Shakespeareance; the co-author of ten stage comedies, including William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) and The Comedy of Hamlet! (a prequel); the co-creator of the illustrated children’s books Pop-Up Shakespeare and Daisy, the Littlest Zombie; a contributor to The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Shakespeare and Shakespearean Biofiction on the Contemporary Stage and Screen (from Arden Shakespeare); and the host of the world’s oldest and longest-running theater podcast, the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast.
“Cast in darkness": Who should play Richard III?
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“Cast in darkness": Who should play Richard III?

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Austin Tichenor argues for the importance of casting disabled actors as Richard III, spotlighting Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production with Katy Sullivan in the title role.

Re-thinking "Honest Iago"
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Re-thinking "Honest Iago"

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Austin Tichenor grapples with the larger question of whether Iago deserves the sympathetic re-evaluation found in Iago: The Green Eyed Monster.

How William Shakespeare invented the holiday romcom
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How William Shakespeare invented the holiday romcom

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Austin Tichenor argues that today’s holiday romantic comedies are full of recognizably Shakespearean motifs.

“What the Dickens": How Shakespeare haunts "A Christmas Carol"
A ghostly grey figure wrapped in chains confronts a recumbent man with white hair and a white nightgown
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“What the Dickens": How Shakespeare haunts "A Christmas Carol"

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Austin Tichenor unpacks Shakespeare’s influence on Charles Dickens in the beloved holiday classic A Christmas Carol.

A witty Fool and foolish wit: Christopher Moore’s Pocket Chronicles
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A witty Fool and foolish wit: Christopher Moore’s Pocket Chronicles

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Austin Tichenor writes about Christopher Moore’s trio of comic novels, which follow the fool from King Lear as he interacts with other Shakespeare characters.

“Haunt me still”: Shakespeare’s ghosts
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“Haunt me still”: Shakespeare’s ghosts

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Austin Tichenor explores the powerful theatricality of Shakespeare’s ghosts, among whom the most famous is probably Hamlet’s father.

The Shakespearean parts of “Barbenheimer”
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The Shakespearean parts of “Barbenheimer”

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Austin Tichenor explores how Barbie and Oppenheimer wrestle with Shakespearean themes of identity, hubris, and redemption.

Shakespeare and gaming in "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
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Shakespeare and gaming in "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"

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Austin Tichenor reflects on the Shakespeare allusions and storytelling world in Gabrielle Zevin’s bestselling novel.

All things Shakespearean
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All things Shakespearean

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Dynastic power struggles, political intrigue, and forbidden love: Austin Tichenor looks at “Shakespearean” as a popular cultural shorthand.

“By false intelligence": AI, ChatGPT, and (the) Bard
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“By false intelligence": AI, ChatGPT, and (the) Bard

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Austin Tichenor finds that AI does not quite measure up to William Shakespeare when he asks ChatGPT and Bard to write a new play called “Cardenio.”

“The book of his good acts”: Shakespeare’s First Folio onstage and on the page
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“The book of his good acts”: Shakespeare’s First Folio onstage and on the page

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“They do me wrong”: Reputation, Richard III, and The Lost King
Man wearing a crown and dressed in a royal robe sitting on a bench next to a woman dressed in modern clothing
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“They do me wrong”: Reputation, Richard III, and The Lost King

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Shakespeare’s play Richard III turns real people into fictional villains, as does a new movie about the search for Richard III’s remains, writes Austin Tichenor.

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