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:
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.