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A new musical based on Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona!


January 29 – February 15

 The Ready Room in The Grove


Words and Music by Q Brothers 
Directed by GQ and JQ
The Q Brothers return to high school in a new musical based on Shakespeare’s Two Gentleman of Verona. Proteus and Valentine are high school football stars at Verona College Prep who learn a thing or two about love, friendship and loyalty. Over twenty characters are played by two actors who never leave the stage in this 75-minute wild ride.


Show Schedule:
Wednesday – Fridays at 8 PM
Saturdays at 3 PM  & 8 PM
Doors Open: 7 PM | Pre-Show Entertainment: 8 PM | Dress the Part 8:30 pm

*Wednesday night performances are “pay what you can”*


Estimated Duration: 80 minutes

Accessibility: The Ready Room is an ADA compliant venue.  For information about accessibility seating please contact the Festival at 314-531-9800 ext. 113 or email

Food and Drink: Light concessions will available for purchase as well as a full bar and soft drink menu.

Pres-Show Entertainment Schedule: 

  •  January 30 – Corey Black
  • January 31 – Jay E (Throwback DJ Set)
  • February 1 @ 3 PM- Sean Petric
  • February 1 – Poor Monsters
  • February 5 – Bobby Jaycox
  • February 6 – Ryan Wasoba’s 19 Second Songs
  • February 7 – Tina Dybal
  • February 8 @ 3 PM- Juggling Jeff
  • February 8 – The One Four Fives
  • February 12 – Syrhea Conway
  • February 13 – Mark Pagano
  • February 14 – Kristen Goodman
  • February 15 @ 3 PM – Jordan Suter
  • February 15 – DJ Nico Marie



The Ready Room is a concert venue located in the popular St. Louis neighborhood and entertainment district, The Grove. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars to enjoy pre and post-show.

Directions: 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

Parking: Ample street and metered parking are available along Manchester and Boyle Aves. There is a surface parking lot available east of the Ready Room on Manchester Ave. Parking in this lot is available Friday and Saturday after 6 PM for $4 per car.



Jordan Moore (Proteus/Lucetta/Lance/Coach/others) is excited to make his equity debut with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis! He has long admired the work of the Q Brothers, and feels privileged to perform one of their shows on this stage. Jordan Moore is an actor, singer, and beat boxer from the suburbs of Chicago. He is a recent graduate from Northwestern University where he studied Theatre and Acting for the Screen. In Chicago he has been seen in Holding the Man (Pride Films & Plays) and just finished understudying for Lyle, Lyle Crocodile (Lifeline Theatre). At Northwestern he appeared in Cabaret (Emcee), In the Red and Brown Water (Egungun), Spring Awakening (Moritz), and Fuente Ovejuna (Barrildo).

Garrett Young (Valentine/Julia/Speed/others) Recently seen as Dorian in PYG or the Mis-edumacation of Dorian Belle (Jackalope Theatre), Orestes in the U.S. Premiere of Robert Icke’s Oresteia (Theatre School at DePaul) Upcoming: My Father’s War (TheatreSquared), Everything That Never Happened (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) Film/TV: Chicago Med, Chicago Justice, Thicker Than Water, Godless Training: BFA in Acting, The Theatre School at DePaul University; British American Drama Academy (Oxford), i/a with Yale School of Drama.

Crim Dolla Cray (DJ) spins an eclectic, electric vinyl collection of late ’60s and ’70s disco, funk, rock and soul. Sounds include everything from slow jams on roller skates to uptempo party boogie. It’s music to make you dance.




G Qaiyum (Director) co-created, co-directed, and starred in the original productions of Othello: The Remix (Westside Theater off-Broadway NY Times Critic’s Pick / The Globe Theatre, London / Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Q Gents (OSF/ISF), Q Brothers Christmas Carol (CST), and Funk It Up About Nothin’ (CST). G also co-wrote and starred in the Off-Broadway smash hit The Bomb-itty of Errors. Along with his brother and the other Bomb-itty guys, G wrote and starred in a hip-hop/sketch comedy TV show, “Scratch and Burn (MTV). G’s screen credits include the movies Drumline, Taxi, I Think I Love My Wife, What’s The Worst That Could Happen (w/ John Leguizamo), and Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn, among others. He wrote, directed and starred in the film Just Another Story (Showtime, Tribeca Film Fest), has had prominent roles in Chicago PD (NBC), Boston Public (Fox), Numbers (CBS), and co-starred in the one-hour drama Johnny Zero (Fox), and John Herzfeld’s pilot, S.I.S (Sony). He is a member of the Chicago-based comedic hip hop group known as The Retar Crew (youtube). Together with his brother JQ, he recorded “The Feel Good Album of the Year.” Originally from Chicago, he received his BFA from the Experimental Theatre Wing of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. @gqtheman

J Qaiyum (Director) co-created, co-directed, and starred in the original productions of Othello: The Remix (Westside Theater off-Broadway NY Times Critic’s Pick / The Globe Theatre, London / Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Q Gents (OSF/ISF), Q Brothers Christmas Carol (CST), and Funk It Up About Nothin’ (CST). He made his Off-Broadway debut when he laid down the beats as DJ/Composer for The Bomb-itty of Errors. J co-wrote and starred in the hip-hop/sketch comedy TV show, “Scratch and Burn” for MTV. For his brother G’s film, Just Another Story (Showtime), he created the score and original soundtrack. J produced the solo hip-hop album “Foul Mouth Poet” under his moniker J.A.Q., and other albums including “Smashing” (The Grommits), “The Good Thief” (Postell), and “The Feel Good Album Of The Year” (Q Brothers). He is also currently co-host (with oldest brother TQ) of Smallflower TV, a video blog about natural products and old-school shaving based on Merz Apothecary, the other family business. @foulmouthpoet

Sheena Laird (Choreographer) Sheena is delighted to work with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and the Q Brothers for Dress the Part. Her recent choreography credits: The One: The Matrix Parody Musical (The Den Theatre), Rome Sweet Rome (Q Brothers at UIC School of Theatre & Music), Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Musical Parody (The Den Theatre), the 2019 spring/summer Kmart commercials and shows for The Second City Training Center’s Musical House Ensembles and Conservatory graduation shows.

Peter and Margery Spack (Scenic and Video Design) recently designed scenery for Shakespeare in the Streets: Blow Winds, Romeo & Juliet in the Park, Heisenberg and Safe House andThe Play that Goes Wrong at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Intimate Apparel, Never the Sinner, Life Sucks and New Jerusalem at The New Jewish Theatre. As Studio Spack Environment Design, Margery and Peter also design corporate theater, product reveals, broadcast news, trade show environments, and private events. They both have BFAs from Webster University and reside in their hometown of St. Louis.

Christina Leinecke (Costume Design) Off Broadway: Othello: the Remix (Westside Theater) Regional Credits: Big Fish, A Little Night Music, Cyrano (BoHo Theatre), Proxy, Haymarket, Wife Material (Underscore), Birds of a Feather, Machinal (Greenhouse Theatre Center), Long Way Home (CCC),  Shakespeare in Love, I Heart Juliet, Q-Gents (ISF), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Deathtrap (Palace Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (ASC), Star Girl (FSM), Educational Tours of Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet (USF). Costume Shop and Design Associate, Paramount Theatre, Aurora.  MFA University of Alabama.

Jesse Klug (Lighting Designer) Off-Broadway: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Lortel, Hewes nominations), The Screwtape Letters (Off-Broadway and National Tour), Romulus, and The Hunchback Variations. Regional: Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Marriott Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Indiana Rep, American Players Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Paramount, Lookingglass, Victory Gardens, Geffen Playhouse, The Old Globe, Asolo, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Portland Center Stage, Northlight, Writers Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre. International: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, INFANT, Market Theatre of South Africa, Syndney Fringe Festival, as well as others on five different continents. Mr Klug is a multiple Joesph Jefferson award winner and twenty two time nominee.

Rusty Wandall (Sound Design)  is excited to be returning to the festival for his seventh year. Wandall was honored with the 2016 St. Louis Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Sound Design for his work on the Festival’s production of Antony and Cleopatra. He is currently the head of sound design at Webster University and the resident sound designer at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis.  He has also worked with Variety Children’s Theatre, Metro Theater Company, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Shooting Star Productions, and Mustard Seed Theatre here in St Louis. Wandall has also worked with regional theaters including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Geva Theatre Center, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, and the Kitchen Theater Company. He holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sound Design from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and is a member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA).

The Q Brothers partnership is generously funded by Terry & Sally Schnuck and the

Whitaker Foundation

Leadership support for all of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ new work initiatives comes from Karen & Mont Levy.