Q Brothers Christmas Carol

November 20

December 30, 2018

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

written by Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax, Pos)
developed with Rick Boynton
directed by GQ and JQ

A wildly engaging hip-hop take on Dickens' classic.


A new Chicago tradition it would be a mistake to miss out on this holiday season.


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The Play

The holiday treat set to a bangin’ beat is back! Chicago hip-hop sensations, the Q Brothers Collective, turn up the volume on Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, 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 live DJ plays through the night as the ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present, and Future lead Scrooge on a journey of rhythm, rhyme, and redemption.



Video: On Stage: The hip-hop holiday hit

Video: Chicago Sun-Times interviews John Hoogenakker

Gallery: Q Brothers Christmas Carol


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Critical Acclaim

Read what critics have said about the this beloved holiday sensation from the Q Brothers and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
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Save with a Group of 10+

Tickets start at just $20 for any party of 10 or more: the perfect holiday outing for friends, family, and organizations of any kind.
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About the Q Brothers

Musicians, actors, writers, educators, and DJs, GQ and JQ 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 / Composer

Jackson Doran Creator

Postell Pringle Creator

Rick Boynton CST Creative Producer

Scott Davis Scenic Designer and Costume Designer

Jesse Klug Lighting Designer

Stephen Ptacek Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Original Wig and Make-up Designer

Anacron Choreographer


Jackson Doran Fred / Dick Wilkins / Mama Cratchit

Jason Grimm Scrooge, beginning December 12

John Hoogenakker Scrooge, through December 9

Postell Pringle Bob Cratchit / Past / Martha Cratchit

JQ Marley / Belle / Present / Lil’ Tim

Kieran Pereira DJ

Jesse Kendall Understudy

Jessica F. Morrison Understudy

Cage Sebastian Pierre Understudy

Jake Samson Understudy

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