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.

Long Way Home with Chicago Children’s Choir

Coming in March,  a hip-hop spin on Homer’s Odyssey, written and directed by the Q’s and featuring Chicago Children’s Choir singers. Learn more.

Q Brothers at the J. Paul Getty Museum

The Q Brothers are thrilled to be participating in the Villa Theater Lab at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles this spring. The Villa Theater Lab series fosters the work of artists employing creative, often experimental approaches to the performance of ancient stories. In this residency the Q’s will be putting a hip hop spin on Plato’s The Phaedrus.

ms. estrada at The Flea

The Q Brothers Collective’s newest play premieres this spring at The Flea Theater in New York. A Hip-Hop remix of Aristophanes’ classic comedy, ms. estrada may well be the Girl Anthem of 2018. Tickets onsale now.

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.

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