Welcome to Bad Quarto Productions!

Bad Quarto Productions seeks a more just and free world, and we are committed to creating equitable, diverse, and inclusive environments in our theatrical practice. We believe that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with Asian-American and Asian communities who who are being targetted by an escalating series of racist attacks. We believe that there is no room for racism, bigotry, or ethnocentricity in a free society, and we condemn those who have mobilized the works of Shakespeare in service of white supremacy and northwest European ethnocentrity. It is our belief and hope that our work to de-canonize Shakespeare's works may help achieve those ends by encouraging a greater diversity in their stagings and critical readings.

Bad Quarto Productions is devoted to exploring the dingy corners of Shakespearean plays, primarily by staging the works of Shakespeare's contemporaries, along with the lesser done versions of his works (i.e. the earliest printed version of Hamlet and The Taming of a Shrew (not the shrew). Bad Quarto has been producing these plays since 2010, but we have done less well in documenting our work, and helping to create performance histories that will help others explore the Shakespeare-esque stage beyond the canon, and we are taking this moment to focus on that work.

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.

ABOUT US

Bad Quarto Productions was founded in 2010 with a production of The Merry Devil of Edmonton that we toured to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and performed at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA. We have continued to work in spaces and in a way that evokes the style of an early modern playing company on tour since then.

PAST PRODUCTIONS
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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