“BEST OF 2015! Rolin Jones’ Much Ado About Nothing tweak set in mod, mop-topped ’60s London was the year’s foremost smile producer, a riotous farce in the Hard Day’s Night tradition and a poignant romance true to the Benedick and Beatrice we all know. Helmed with unflagging invention by Jackson Gay, the production originated at Yale Rep and went on to New York’s Atlantic Theater Company, emblematic of the cooperation America’s regionals may need to start relying upon.”— Time Out Los Angeles December 2015
“Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong contributed perfect Beatles-pastiche songs to These Paper Bullets! —an ingenious adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing reset in mid-’60s Liverpool. Bullets reaches peaks of zany goofiness. See it!”— New York Post December 18, 2015
“Critics’ Pick! Four Stars! Merry sex warriors spin like a record on the turntable stage of These Paper Bullets!, Rolin Jones’s cheeky revamp of Much Ado About Nothing. Set in 1964 London, the show gives Shakespeare’s rom-com a mod refashioning. Studded with Beatles-esque songs by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, the show is a clever bit of tickle. Jones’s script incorporates a surprising amount of Much Ado’s original language, which splashes amusingly through the lads’ Liverpudlian accents. Snappily directed by Jackson Gay, with tremendous costumes by Jessica Ford, These Paper Bullets! fizzes with sexual liberation. Keira Naughton is hilariously louche, and Nicole Parker’s bravura physical comedy made me laugh harder than anything I’ve seen at the theater all year. The show is well acted all around, but the women are particularly fab.”— Time Out New York December 16, 2015
“Strip down the Beatles, strip down Green Day to the bare bones, the chords, the vocal lines, and you’ll find a lot of shared DNA. The songs are ridiculously good.”— Santa Monica Daily Press September 18, 2015
“Dynamite from top to bottom!”— Broadway World September 18, 2015
“So completely shagadelic!”— Curtain Up Los Angeles September 2015
These Paper Bullets!
Meet the Quartos: Ben, Claude, Balth, and Pedro. 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 rip-off of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing with a serious backbeat.
Featuring James Barry, Stephen DeRosa, Bryan Fenkart, Christopher Geary, Brad Heberlee, Justin Kirk, Tony Manna, Andrew Musselman, Keira Naughton, Adam O’Byrne, Lucas Papaelias, Nicole Parker, Greg Stuhr, Ariana Venturi, Liz Wisan
Songs by Billie Joe Armstrong
Directed by Jackson Gay
Orchestrations and Arrangements by Tom Kitt
Music Director Julie Mcbride
Choreography by Kevin Williamson
Scenic Design by Michael Yeargan
Lighting Design by Paul Whitaker
Costume Design by Jessica Ford
Sound Design and Incidental Music by Broken Chord
Projection Design by Nicholas Hussong
Dramaturgy by Catherine Sheehy
Stage Manager Rob Chikar
Poster Design by Seth
These Paper Bullets! was commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT (James Bundy, Artistic Director/Victoria Nolan, Managing Director). Development and production support provided by Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre.
These Paper Bullets! had its world premiere March-April 2014 at Yale Repertory Theatre.
The Geffen Playhouse (Los Angeles, CA), in association with Atlantic Theater Company and New Neighborhood, presented the west coast premiere of the Yale Repertory Theatre production of These Paper Bullets! September-October 2015.
Atlantic Theater Company, in association with the Geffen Playhouse and New Neighborhood, presented the New York premiere of the Yale Repertory Theatre production of These Paper Bullets! November 2015-January 2016.