Our Plays

The Q Brothers have been writing plays/musicals for almost 20 years. We like to take classic works and translate them into modern contexts, while staying true to the original stories. In this way, we believe we pay homage to the original authors, and make their timeless stories more accessible to modern day audiences. Our plays are in rhyme, and performed over original music spun by a live deejay. We call them “Add-Rap-Tations”.

  • Othello: The Remix

    by GQ and JQ
    music by JQ

    Commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Winner of Best Lyrics and Best New Musical (MTM: UK Awards) at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Q Brothers’ add-RAP-tation of Shakespeare’s Othello is “a triumph from beginning to end.”

    Now in performances off Broadway at the Westside Theatre in NYC.

    #OREMIX OthelloTheRemix.com
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  • Q Gents

    by GQ and JQ
    music by JQ

    The Q Brothers return to high school in their hip hop reimagining of Two Gentlemen of Verona. Proteus and Valentine are high school football stars at Verona College Prep who learn a thing or two about love, learning and loyalty. Over twenty characters are played by two actors who never leave the stage in this 75-minute wild ride.

    Now touring.

    Email info@qbrothers.com to book.

  • A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol

    by GQ, JQ, Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle
    music by JQ

    The Q Brothers turn up the volume on Charles Dickens’ classic story, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall and dubstep to epic rock ballads. Brighten your festivities with some cheeky spirit and a whole lot of heart—complete with visits from a Jamaican Jacob Marley and that youngest of Cratchits, Lil’ Tim.

    A Q Brothers Christmas Carol Press

  • Funk It Up About Nothin’

    by GQ and JQ
    music by JQ

    Winner of the Dress Circle Award for Best Musical Production at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe, Funk It Up About Nothin’ won over audiences in Chicago, New York, London, Edinburgh and on tour through Australia. The Q Brothers’ add-RAP-tation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothin’ is “Irresistibly irreverent… crisp storytelling, wit and endearing performances!” (The Guardian)

    Funk It Up About Nothin’ Press
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  • The Bomb-itty of Errors

    by Jordan Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano, GQ and Erik Weiner
    music by JQ

    Award winning and much beloved, The Bomb-Itty of Errors premiered Off-Broadway in New York and has since played to audiences around the globe. Winner of multiple awards, including Best Show at the HBO Comedy Festival, “Bombitty is witty, lewd, and altogether new.” (The New Yorker).The Bombitty of Errors Press

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  • I <3 Juliet

    by GQ, JQ, Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle
    music by JQ

    The Q Brothers’ work-in-progress add-RAP-tation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was originally conceived in October 2012 in residence at Connecticut College. The original workshop performance was written and directed by The Q Brothers and performed by a cast of ten students.

I <3 Juliet (Illinois Shakespeare Festival)

The Q Brothers dazzled our audiences in 2015 with Q Gents, their hilarious hip-hop adaption of Two Gentlemen of Verona, and we are delighted to include their latest creation, I Heart Juliet, in our 40th anniversary season. This time with ten actors, the Q Brothers Collective is at it again, bringing their incredible energy, humor, and hip-hop verse to Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece, Romeo & Juliet!

Othello: The Remix at Cook County Jail

One of the most rewarding events we’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Not only did we get to bring our art to those in serious need of healing, but we got to do that in the city we grew up in, in the largest jail in the country. Check out the mini-doc we made about that very special day. Watch the video.

Lollapalooza 2017

The Q Brothers return to Lollapalooza for their 13th year straight of performing and running the Hip Hop Workshop at Kidzapalooza, we are happy that our jobs have now expanded into emceeing the Kidza Stage. We’ve watched some of these kids grow up before our very eyes, and some of them have entire albums of themselves (featuring the Q Brothers), one song per year that they’ve attended. We are extremely proud to be attached to this beautiful area of one of the world’s best music festivals ever!

U of Iowa residency

It’s back to school for the Q Bros! College, here we come again. But this time as artists in residence, at the University of Iowa, where GQ, JQ, Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle will be writing and directing their fresh new musical take on William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

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