The Q Brothers
Musicians, actors, writers, educators, and DJ's, GQ and JQ created and starred in the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed productions, Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin' - both musical, hip hop "add-RAP-tations" of Shakespeare's classics. Othello: The Remix most recently ran off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre, where it was produced by John Leguizamo, and received rave reviews and the NY Times Critic's Pick award. Originally commissioned by Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London for the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival, O Remix was produced by Chicago Shakespeare Theater, played the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (MTM: UK Awards, Best Lyrics and Best New Musical), enjoyed a five month run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Jeff Award, Best Ensemble), and has toured to Germany, South Korea, London, Poland, the United Arab Emirates, Australia and New Zealand. Funk It Up About Nothin' was commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Jeff Award, Best Ensemble), ran at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Dress Circle Award, Best Musical), and toured to London and Australia. A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol had its world premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in winter 2014 and returned in 2015 to a sold out run. Their off-Broadway smash hit The Bomb-itty of Errors, which they co-created and starred in, has toured around the world and is published with Sam French. Their latest production is a two-man version of Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona, called Q Gents, commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is currently touring. Current commissions include musicals for Steppenwolf Theatre Co., Chicago Childrens' Choir, and The Getty LA. Film and television credits include the movie Drumline and the TV show Scratch and Burn (MTV), which they co-created and starred in, as well as work with Fox, CBS, and Showtime. They have numerous album credits as musicians and producers, including the Q Brothers' The Feel Good Album of the Year. The Q Brothers also conduct hip hop workshops for children of all ages, and have worked at Connecticut College, Lehigh University, Lollapalooza Music Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bear Music Festival, the Latin School of Chicago, and in London and throughout Australia, as well as in Cook County Jail (Chicago) and state prisons in Missouri.