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STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with Yale Rep's THESE PAPER BULLETS

Yale Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of THESE PAPER BULLETS!, a modish ripoff of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, adapted by Rolin Jones, with songs by Billie Joe Armstrong, and directed by Jackson Gay, March 14 through April 5 at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is Thursday, March 20. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek behind the scenes below!

The 19-member cast of THESE PAPER BULLETS! includes David Wilson Barnes, James Barry, Jabari Brisport, Stephen DeRosa, Bryan Fenkart, Ceci Fernandez, Christopher Geary, Brad Heberlee, Anthony Manna, Brian McManamon, Andrew Musselman, Keira Naughton, Adam O'Byrne, Lucas Papaelias, James Lloyd Reynolds, Jeanine Serralles, Greg Stuhr, Ariana Venturi, and Liz Wisan.

THESE PAPER BULLETS! features choreography by Monica Bill Barnes, music direction by Julie McBride, scenic design by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Jessica Ford, lighting by Paul Whitaker, sound design by Broken Chord, projections by Nicholas Hussong, orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt, dialect coaching by Stephen Gabis, dramaturgy by Catherine Sheehy and Ilya Khodosh, and stage management by Robert Chikar.

Meet the Quartos. Ben (David Wilson Barnes), Claude (Bryan Fenkart), Balth (Lucas Papaelias), and Pedro (James Barry). Their fans worship them. Scotland Yard fears them. And their former drummer will stop at nothing to destroy them. Can these fab four from Liverpool find true love in London and cut an album in seven nights? THESE PAPER BULLETS! is a modish ripoff of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing with a serious backbeat.

Adapted by Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award nominated writer Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights, Weeds) and featuring new songs by Grammy Award winning Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who wrote the Tony Award winning musical American Idiot, THESE PAPER BULLETS! is directed by Jackson Gay, who staged Jones's The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at Yale Rep in 2004.

THESE PAPER BULLETS! was commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre. Development and production support are provided by Yale's Binger Center for New Theatre and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

THESE PAPER BULLETS! is Yale Rep's 2013-14 WILL POWER! production. The run includes three 10:30AM performances available only to high school student groups. For more information about WILL POWER!, please contact Ruth M. Feldman at (203) 432-8425 or

THESE PAPER BULLETS! contains strong language and adult content. Please contact the Box Office at (203) 432-1234 if you have questions about the themes or content of this production.

Tickets for THESE PAPER BULLETS! range from $20-98 and are available online at, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street). Student, senior, and group rates Friday, March 14 8PM Saturday, March 15 8PM are also available.


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