"These Paper Bullets,” the world premiere rock adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing” featuring new songs by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is one of the highlights of the six-show 2013-14 season at New Haven’s Yale Repertory Theatre.
Armstrong, the band’s front man, was involved in the Broadway production of “American Idiot,” based on the Green Day album.
“These Paper Bullets”, which runs March 14 to April 15, 2014, is adapted by Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-nominated writer Rolin Jones "(Friday Night Lights," "Weeds"). The show is directed by Jackson Gay, who staged Jones’s Pulitzer finalist “The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow” at the Rep in 2004.
Also in the line up is “The House That Will Not Stand,” by poet-playwright Marcus Gardley (an Aetna Voices Fellow at Hartford Stage). The play was also developed and presented last year as part of Hartford Stage's "Brand:NEW" play reading festival.
“The House That Will Not Stand” is loosely based on Federico Garcia Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba,” and will end the season with a run April 18 to May 10, 2014.
The play will first play Berkeley Repertory Theatre Jan. 24 to March 9 with the same creative team and could be a co-production with Yale Rep, making it officially a world premiere for Yale Rep but that deal is not yet final.
Yale School of Drama grad Gardley’s “dance of the holy ghosts” premiered at the Rep in 2006.
Patricia McGregor, who staged Katori Hall’s "Hurt Village” off-Broadway, directs.
The Rep season will open with Tennessee Williams “A Streetcar Named Desire,” directed by Mark Rucker, running Sept. 20 to Oct. 12.
Caryl Churchill’s “Owners” follows Oct. 25 to Nov. 16. The dark comedy is directed by Evan Yionoulis (Rep's "Stones in his Pockets").
Dario Fo’s “Accidental Death of an Anarchist, directed by Christopher Bayes and featuring Steven Epp, runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 21. The play by the Nobel Prize winner will also be produced by Berkeley Rep, which will present the work Feb. 21 to April 16.
Bayes and Epp collaborated in "The Servant of Two Masters" and "A Doctor in Spite of Himself" at the Rep.
Meg Miroshnik’s “The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls” follows on Jan. 21 to Feb. 22. The play was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
The final two shows of the current season are Shakespeare's "Hamlet" (March 15 to April 13) and the world premiere of "In a Year with 13 Moons"," adaopted from the film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (April 26 to May 13).
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