Redefining and Reimagining Poetic Theater

The Prenzie Players is an ever-expanding community theater troupe whose overarching goal is to entertain, educate, and engage the common (and not-so-common) theater-goer in the Quad Cities.

What is Prenzie?

  • Referring to an obscure line in Measure for Measure (III.i.92-95):

    Claudio: The prenzie Angelo?
    Isabella: O, ’tis the cunning livery of hell
    The damnedest body to invest and cover
    In prenzie guards!

    Measure for Measure text

  • The Prenzie Players have taken “prenzie” to mean “precise.” We like to tinker with form and convention, so we pay extra care to the language.
  • A double-shot of Jameson – neat – at Rock Island’s Blue Cat Brew Pub.

Where can I find a Prenzie show?
From 2012 to 2020, we enjoyed a great relationship with the Quad City Theatre Workshop at 1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport, Iowa. The QCTW was located within the Five Points Wellness Center on Locust Avenue, just west of Division Street. Access the parking lot via Howell, or park curbside on Howell or Wilkes. Sadly, after the COVID-19 pandemic, that will no longer be the Prenzie venue.

Much Ado About Nothing (August 2023) was presented in the Village Theatre of East Davenport. Watch this website and our Facebook page for more current information about upcoming shows and locations!

When should I arrive?
It’s always good to arrive in a timely fashion. Seating is general admission — and we often have a “pre-show” of some sort, so it can also be entertaining to be there early! Also, any reserved tickets will be opened up to the general public five minutes before show-time.

Whatever you do, don’t be late! Our doors are right up till the last minute, but we cannot interrupt the show once it begins.

Do you ever do anything other than Shakespeare?
Absolutely! Come see us in the summertime for anything-other-than-Shakespeare. We’re actually pretty good at it!