The Q Brothers'

Funk It Up About Nothin'

January 21

February 13, 2011

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

a "hip-hoptation" of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
created and directed by GQ and JQ

A hilarious, irreverent feast of verbal performance.

Chicago Tribune


The Play

A fresh urban take on a story as old skool as love itself, and complete with a live DJ, B-boys and girls, MCs and divas, Funk It Up About Nothin’ is more than a rom-com street party with bangin’ bass. It's an outrageous “hip-hoptation” based on the Bard’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Whether you’re looking for a great night of hip hop or a new way to think about Shakespeare, Funk It Up About Nothin’ delivers an intense, high energy story like no other.



Funk It Up About Nothin’

Video: Funk It Up About Nothin’ at Chicago Shakespeare


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The Players

Creative Team

GQ Creator/Director

JQ Creator/Director

Brian Sidney Bembridge Scenic Design

Debbie Baer Costume Design

Toby Knyvett Lighting Design

James Savage Sound Design

Melissa Veal Wig and Makeup Design


Jillian Burfete Hero/Lil Boi

Jackson Doran Claudio/Judge

Postell Pringle Don Pedro/Verges

GQ Don John/Leonato/Dingleberry

JQ Benedick/Borachio

Ericka Ratcliff MC Lady B/Big Jon

Adrienne Sanchez DJ

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