The Q Brothers

Othello: The Remix

April 12

May 8, 2016

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

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

★★★★★ A triumph from beginning to end!

The Telegraph (UK)

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The Play

Throw your hands up, Chicago—this fresh urban take on the Bard’s tragedy is back! Following acclaimed international tours and previous sold-out engagements in Chicago, the CST-commissioned hip-hop adaptation is spun out and lyrically rewritten over original beats. Since its world premiere as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad at Shakespeare’s Globe—an artistic collaboration forged between Chicago hip-hop artists The Q Brothers and Chicago Shakespeare Creative Producer Rick Boynton—the production has toured widely, captivating audiences around the world, and garnering tremendous acclaim and multiple honors—including Edinburgh’s Musical Theatre Matters Awards for Best New Musical Theatre Show and a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble.



Video: Montage

Gallery: On Stage

Gallery: Around the World with Othello: The Remix


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The Story

MC Othello gives rhythm and voice to the stories of the people in his hood as he rises to the top of the music industry.
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Critical Acclaim

"The 80-minute, lightening-fast version of this tragic tale of jealousy and self-doubt, is absolutely brilliant and immense fun."
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About The Q Brothers

Musicians, actors, writers, educators and DJs, The Q Brothers bring a unique modern spin to classics from Shakespeare to Dickens.
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The Players

Creative Team

GQ Creator/Director

JQ Creator/Director

Rick Boynton CST Creative Producer

Scott Davis Scenic and Costume Designer

Jesse Klug Lighting Designer

Greg Hofmann Associate Lighting Designer

James Savage Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

Sophie Grimm Additional Vocals


Jackson Doran Cassio / Emilia

Postell Pringle Othello

GQ Iago / Brabantio

JQ Roderigo / Loco Vito / Bianca

Clayton Stamper DJ

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