“You know, there’s precious little Shakespeare around here during the winter months.”
JC Luxton or Cait (Woolley) Bodenbender or
Denise Yoder or Aaron Sullivan or Jill Sullivan
And thus, conspired that night by loyal friendship, passionate ambition, inarguable genius, late hours and adult beverages, Prenzie Players was born.
These prodigious thespians came together to form a band of community actors, tech wizards, and theater nerds who would, for the rest of all humanity, re-imagine the possibilities of poetic theater by exploring the relationships between actors and audience…create emotionally unfettered performances…and engage and educate the common (and uncommon) theater-goer in the Quad Cities region.
1. What is a Prenzie?
Option A: The word “prenzie” refers to an obsure line from Measure For Measure, AIII s1, which reads:
Claudio: The prenzie Angelo?
Isabella: O, ’tis the cunning livery of hell
The damnedest body to invest and cover
In prenzie guards! (3.1.92-5)
The Prenzie Players have taken “prenzie” to mean “precise.”
We pay special attention to the language and understand as much as we can about the words we are speaking.
Option B: A “Prenzie” is what you should ask for if you find yourself at Blue Cat Brew Pub in downtown Rock Island, thirsting for a double shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey.
2. Where are you located?
We are happily located in the Quad Cities, a consortium of the cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa and Rock Island and Moline, Illinois, situated at the bend of the Mississippi River.
We spent our first decade performing in venues throughout the QC. Since 2012, we have been performing steadily at the QC Theater Workshop at 1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport.
3. Where do you find your actors?
Our performers hail from Comedy Sportz, Genesius Guild, Ghostlight Theatre, Playcrafter’s Barn Theater, Richmond Hill Players, the University of Iowa, Augustana College and St. Ambrose University. It is our good fortune to bring in the varied energies and talents of those groups, as well as new actors from all around.
Prenzie auditions are open to everyone in the community, and we’re proud to cast our shows with a varied array of talents and experience. The thing we all share is our devotion to bringing verse theatre — wild, alive, and breathing — to the Quad Cities.
4. Are your shows “family-friendly”?
Prenzie shows are generally PG-13, however, due to the original content of the material, on occasion our rating will be raised to an R. If you are unsure about whether or not a production is right for you or your children, please feel free to contact our House Manager more information.
5. Where can I find the “Prenzie Cut” of your shows?
While we stay true to the original language and intent of all of our shows, we do make edits for time and cohesiveness. If you are interested in viewing our edited scripts, they are available upon request by emailing email@example.com. Please include the name of the show you are interested in so we can send you the correct PDF.
6. Who’s in charge here, anyway?
Prenzie’s Season 13 Artistic Director is Beth Woolley.
Our Board of Directors are:
7. Uh…where do I park?
The QC Theater Workshop building is situated on the block between Wilkes Ave and Howell, fronted by Locust Avenue in Davenport, just west of “Five Points.” Street-side parking is available on both Wilkes and Howell (turn south from Locust) and fenced lot access is on Howell. All parking is free.
The theater door is located on the Wilkes side of the building.