A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol

November 28, 2014

January 3, 2016

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

written by GQ, JQ, Jackson Doran
and Postell Pringle
developed with Rick Boynton
directed by GQ and JQ

A Rewarding Partnership

The collaboration between Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) Creative Producer Rick Boynton and Chicago’s own Q Brothers, GQ and JQ is a match made in hip-hop heaven. Boynton directs CST’s New Classics program which is devoted to the creation of new plays, musicals and adaptations. GQ and JQ, real life brothers and Chicago natives, are musicians, actors, writers, educators and DJs that focus on reinventing classics through the medium of hip-hop. Together, CST and the Q Brothers have developed two musical, hip-hop Shakespeare “ad-RAP-tations, Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin’. These productions have launched from their home in Chicago to tour the world’s stages in Europe, South Korea, Australia and the United States to international acclaim. As the third collaboration in this string of critically acclaimed success, A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol will thrill audiences with fresh beats and feisty lyrics.

World Tour
London 2012 Globe to Globe Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre—London, England
Edinburgh Festival Fringe—Edinburgh, Scotland
Shakespeare Festival im Globe Neuss—Neuss, Germany
Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare—Chicago, Illinois
Daejeon Arts and Culture Festival—Daejeon, South Korea
Cook County Jail—Chicago, Illinois
Unicorn Theatre—London, England
Sydney Festival 2014—Sydney, Australia
Gdansk Shakespeare Festival—Gdansk, Poland
Melbourne Arts Centre—Melbourne, Austrailia (2015)
Auckland Arts Festival—Auckland, New Zealand (2015)

UK Awards, Best Lyrics
UK Awards, Best New Musical
Jeff Award, Best Ensemble

World Tour
Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare—Chicago, Illinois
Edinburgh Festival Fringe—Edinburgh, Scotland
Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater—New York, New York
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre—Wollongong, Australia
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre—Bathurst, Australia
Orange Civic Theatre—Orange, Australia
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre—Wagga Wagga, Australia
Albury Entertainment Centre—Albury, Australia
Carriage Works’ Platform 3 Hip Hop Festival—Sydney, Australia
Drum Theatre—Dandenong, Australia
Theatre Royal Stratford East—London, England

Jeff Award, Outstanding Ensemble
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Dress Circle Award for Best Musical

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