Othello: The Remix

March 13

August 4, 2013

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

a hip-hop adaptation of
William Shakespeare’s Othello
written, directed and music by GQ and JQ
developed with Rick Boynton


Roderigo, Loco Vito, Bianca/Creator/Director

JQ CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE: Q Brothers Christmas Carol; Othello: The Remix (Jeff Award – Best Ensemble), Funk It Up About Nothin’ (Jeff Award – Best Ensemble). OFF BROADWAY: The Bomb-itty of Errors (DJ/composer), Othello: The Remix (director/composer/ actor). INTERNATIONAL: Othello: The Remix (Shakespeare’s Globe, London, Germany, Edinburgh, South Korea, Australia, Poland, United Arab Emirates, Auckland, Romania); Funk It Up About Nothin’ (Edinburgh, Australia, London). TELEVISION: Scratch and Burn (MTV); Boston Public (FOX). AWARDS: Funk It Up About Nothin’ (Dress Circle Award - Best Musical, Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Othello: The Remix (MTM Award - Best Musical/Best Lyrics). JQ has written, directed, composed, and performed in hip hop musicals for over 20 years. Along with his brother GQ, he co-created a two-man version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, called Dress the Part, which currently tours universities and arts festivals around the world. With Q Brothers Collective, he has co-created several other adaptations, including LIZ! (based on Lysistrata), Rome Sweet Rome (based on Julius Caesar), and Long Way Home (based on Homer’s Odyssey – a collaboration with Chicago Children’s Choir). JQ and GQ invented a party game called Portmantotallyawesome, inspired by the Ghost of Christmas Present in this show. JQ is the co-founder of Shambar, a solid shampoo and conditioner bar designed to eliminate single-use plastic waste. | @jeffreyqaiyum

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