Welcome to Bad Quarto Productions!


A core part of our mission is to create performance histories of rarely performed works of the English Renaissance, and we haven't been living up to that part of our mission. Bad Quarto Productions is therefore not currently producing plays, and we are instead working to bring some of the para-performance materials we have accumulated online so that they can be of use to Shakespeareans of all stripes.

We'll be rolling out this work sporadically over the next few months. Our intention is to give each of our past productions its own archive page with basic details about the production. Photos, videos and performance editions (where permitted by copyright laws), and other materials will follow.


We are soliciting proposals for production in 2021. We're seeking proposals from directors or ensembles for production in the spring or fall of 2021 in NYC. Proposals should include:

  1. 1) A play that is either a non-Folio variant of a play by William Shakespeare or a play by one of Shakespeare's contemporaries with a running time of about 90 minutes (cut or uncut).
  2. 2) An argument for the play that addresses why the play needs to be seen now, and the director's / ensemble's personal connection to the play and what they most wish to explore.
  3. 3) A director's / ensemble's resume with links to online portfolio sames.
Please email proposals to artistic director Tony Tambasco at tony@badquarto.org. Please submit any attachments as a pdf. To be considered for spring 2020 production, please be sure to email your proposal by 30 November 2020.

Please note that Bad Quarto Productions is committed to casting diversity of all kinds in its productions, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or personal or political philosophy. By submitting a proposal, you agree that you either share those principles, or at the very least that you will honor them in your work with us.

All proposals that meet the above criteria will be considered, but due to the volume of responses we anticipate receiving, we regret that we will not be able to respond to all submitters.


Bad Quarto Productions is committed to developing a better understanding of the work of William Shakespeare by shedding a light on the dingy corners of Shakespearean text. We do this especially by performing the rarely done plays of the English Renaissance using the staging conditions available to an early modern playing company.

This means performing both the lesser known versions of Shakespeare's plays (like the 1594 quarto The Taming of a Shrew and the earliest printed version of Hamlet alongside the works of other writers that shared the stage, like the anonymous 1608 play The Merry Devil of Edmonton and the early Beaumont and Fletcher play Cupid's Revenge.

We also perform new plays and modern plays (because new plays and contemporary works were a prominent feature of the early modern stage) using Shakespeare-esque staging conditions to help us better understand these plays, and the nature of theatre: both Shakespeare's and our own.

Bad Quarto Productions is proud to be a member of The Shakespeare Theatre Association and The Indie Theater Fund

Anna Karenina Lives! poster
Anna Karenina Lives!
Love's Labours Lost poster
Love's Labours Lost: The First Quarto
Cupid's Revenge poster
Cupid's Revenge
The Life and Death of Jack Straw poster
The Life and Death of Jack Straw
What, Lamb! What, Ladybird! poster
What, Lamb! What, Ladybird!
Hamlet: The First Quarto poster
Hamlet: The First Quarto
The Second Shepherds' Play (2015) poster
The Second Shepherds' Play (2015)
The Taming of a Shrew poster
The Taming of a Shrew
The Santaland Diaries poster
The Santaland Diaries
The Cronicle Historie of Henry the Fift poster
The Cronicle Historie of Henry the Fift
Romeo and Juliet: The Bad Quarto poster
Romeo and Juliet: The Bad Quarto
The Ballad of Dido poster
The Ballad of Dido
The Second Shepherds' Play (2011) poster
The Second Shepherds' Play (2011)
The Vagina Monologues poster
The Vagina Monologues
The Second Shepherds' Play (2010) poster
The Second Shepherds' Play (2010)
The Merry Devil of Edmonton poster
The Merry Devil of Edmonton

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