Critics’ Pick, Time Out New York
“LET’S TWIST AND SHOUT!
JANGLING ROCK TUNES by Billie Joe Armstrong
mimic HIP-SHAKING RHYTHMS of early Beatles hits!
A GOOFY GOOD TIME!
Evokes the styles of the era with flair,
MONTY PYTHONESQUE SILLINESS, and
MAKES YOU WANT TO UNLEASH YOUR INNER SWOONING TEENAGER!”– The New York Times
“BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG’S NEW SONGS ARE PERFECT!
An INGENIOUS adaptation that reaches PEAKS OF ZANY GOOFINESS!
SEE IT!”– NY Post
“MADE ME LAUGH HARDER THAN ANYTHING
I’VE SEEN ALL YEAR! The show is A CLEVER BIT OF TICKLE with
BENNY HILL SILLINESS!”– Time Out New York
TOE-TAPPING, CARBONATED SONGS
by Green day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong
with SUPER-SWEET LYRICS TO HUMMABLE HARMONIES
performed with CONTAGIOUS BRIO!” – The Village Voice
IAMBIC PENTAMETER WITH A STRONG BACKBEAT,
Gay’s direction is PLAYFUL and musical numbers are A TREAT!” – The Guardian
“ARMSTRONG’S SONGS APE THE BEATLES’ MUSIC IN ALL ITS
GLORIOUS EXUBERANCE AND STYLISTIC DIVERSITY
And Tom Kitt did PITCH-PERFECT orchestrations!”– Hollywood Reporter
New York Premiere
of the Yale Repertory Theatre production of
THESE PAPER BULLETS!
written by ROLIN JONES
songs by BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG
directed by JACKSON GAY
co-production with Geffen Playhouse
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
Running Time: 2 hrs, 15 min including one 10-minute intermission
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? A play with music, These Paper Bullets! is a modish rip-off of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing with a serious backbeat.
Adapted by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Emmy Award® nominated writer Rolin Jones (The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, “Friday Night Lights,” “Weeds”) and featuring new songs by Grammy Award winning Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong, who wrote the Tony Award® winning musical American Idiot, These Paper Bullets! is directed by Jackson Gay, who staged Jones’ The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and The Jammer both at Atlantic.
*These Paper Bullets! is presented in association with New Neighborhood
JAMES BARRY (Pedro) appeared in Yale Repertory Theatre and Geffen’s These Paper Bullets! and is made up to continue work on this boss production at Atlantic. Other credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway, The Public), Million Dollar Quartet (first national tour), The Buddy Holly Story (North Carolina Theatre), Here’s Hoover! (Abrons Arts Center), Wittenberg and the premiere of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Arms on Fire (Chester Theatre Company), Next to Normal (Arden), Pump Boys & Dinettes (New Theatre), Sive (Irish Repertory Theatre) and several productions over the years with Berkshire Theatre Group, where favorites include The Caretaker, A Thousand Clowns, The Misanthrope and The Who’s Tommy. James is a rock and roll songwriter and his debut solo album Embrace Yourself Tonight is available on iTunes & Spotify, as well as the album Northern Rock he co-wrote with the band Secret Pint. Proud Yell Leader of New Neighborhood. For Tara & Sam. @jamesbarrystuff
STEPHEN DeROSA (Leo Messina). Atlantic Theater Company debut. Broadway: On the Town, Betrayal, The Nance, Hairspray, Twentieth Century, Henry IV, Into the Woods (2002), The Man Who Came to Dinner. National tour: West Side Story. Off-Broadway: Do Re Mi, Wonderful Town, Irma La Douce (all Encores!); Love’s Fire (The Acting Company/RSC); The Mystery of Irma Vep. Regional credits include Yale Rep, Westport Country Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Group, McCarter Theatre, A.C.T., Williamstown and many others. Selected film/TV: “Show Me a Hero” (HBO), “The Good Wife,” “Ugly Betty,” “Rescue Me,” “Law & Order,” HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” (Eddie Cantor). M.F.A.: Yale.
BRYAN FENKART (Claude). Bryan is right tickled to be returning to These Paper Bullets! after originating the role in the world premiere production at Yale Rep. Other credits include Broadway/first national tour: Memphis. Off-Broadway/regional: Diner (Signature), Piece of My Heart (Signature), Nobody Loves You (Second Stage). Film/TV: “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” Red Hook, You Tell Me. Bryan is also a singer/songwriter, and his albums Imperfect Man and Simple & Grey are available everywhere. He has his own Pandora channel and his new musical project, EveryOneElse, just released a new single entitled “We Are.” Follow him on Twitter/Instagram: @BryanFenkart, or www.BryanFenkart.com.
CHRISTOPHER GEARY (Mr. Crumpet, Anton, Queen) is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where he was seen in These Paper Bullets! (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Seagull, The Master and Margarita, Thunderbodies, Peter Pan, The Winter’s Tale and Sagittarius Ponderosa. His other credits include Losing Tom Pecinka (Ice Factory/New Ohio, HERE Arts); The Small Things, We Know Edie La Minx Had a Gun (Yale Cabaret); and Elephant in the Room (New York International Fringe Festival). Christopher received his B.A. in theatre performance from Fordham = College at Lincoln Center and has also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He is a proud member of New Neighborhood.
BRAD HEBERLEE (Mr. Urges, Reverend) most recently appeared in the acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds at Ars Nova. Off-Broadway: Vineyard, Atlantic Theater Company, Soho Rep, The Civilians and The Pearl. Regional: Yale Repertory Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Huntington Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group, Denver Center, Center Stage Baltimore and Weston Playhouse. Recent film and television: Codes of Conduct written and directed by Steve McQueen for HBO; A Woman, A Part written and directed by Elisabeth Subrin; and Loitering With Intent directed by Adam Rapp. Brad is an Associate Artist of The Civilians, a Resident Actor with The Pearl and the Parade Marshal and Fireworks Committee Chairman (seasonal) for New Neighborhood. Education: M.F.A. Yale School of Drama
JUSTIN KIRK (Ben). Atlantic Theater Company debut. Broadway: Other Desert Cities, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Any Given Day. Off-Broadway: The Invisible Hand (New York Theatre Workshop), The Understudy (Roundabout), The World Over (Playwrights Horizons), Ten Unknowns (Lincoln Center Theater), June Moon (Drama Dept), Old Wicked Songs (Promenade Theatre). Television: “Manhattan,” “You’re the Worst,” “Tyrant,” “Modern Family,” “Animal Practice,” “Weeds,” “Angels in America,” “Jack & Jill.” Film: Four Boxes, Ghostbusters (upcoming). For the Dimestore Darlings.
TONY MANNA (Mr. Cake). New York: Timon of Athens (The Public Theater), The Hasty Heart (Keen Company), Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$ (Women’s Project), Mangella (Project: Theater), Othello (NY Shakespeare Exchange), Mickey Mouse is Dead (59E59 Theaters), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare NYC). Regional: These Paper Bullets! (Geffen Playhouse), Black Snow, The Taming of the Shrew, You Never Can Tell (all at Yale Repertory Theatre). New Neighborhood company member. Training: Yale School of Drama.
ANDREW MUSSELMAN (Boris). Theatre: Butcher (ATP/Theatre Centre); These Paper Bullets! (Yale Rep); Catalpa (TPM Backspace/West Cork FitUP; Ireland); Under Milk Wood (West Cork FitUP); The Melville Boys (Port Stanley Theatre Festival); Stones in His Pockets, Miss Julie,Woman in Black, Automatic Pilot (Festival Antigonish); Stones in His Pockets (Globe Theatre). Film/TV: “Reign” (CW), “Hemlock Grove” (Netflix), “Copper” (BBC America), “Defiance” (SyFy), “Murdoch Mysteries” (City/CBC), “Being Erica” (CBC), “The Listener” (CTV), “La Femme Musketeer” (Hallmark). Awards: Beinecke Fellowship (Yale University), Dora nomination (Catalpa), Merritt nomination (Stones in His Pockets).
KEIRA NAUGHTON (Ulcie) appeared as Ulcie in Yale Rep and Geffen productions. Broadway: The Rivals (Lincoln Center Theater), Dance of Death and Three Sisters. Off-Broadway: The Jammer, Hunting and Gathering, Indoor/Outdoor, All My Sons, Lucy, The American Clock, Tesla’s Letters, Roses in December and Hotel Universe, among others. Regional: world premieres of Elevada (Yale Rep) and I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile (New Neighborhood/Berkshire Theatre Group); The Dining Room (Westport Country
Playhouse); Becky Shaw (Huntington Theatre); A Delicate Balance (Yale Rep); Proof (Arena Stage, Helen Hayes Award nomination); Company (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration); Faith Healer, Macbeth, The Book Club Play (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Uncle Vanya, Wonder of the World (Barrington Stage). Keira also directed the world premiere of Cedars by Erik Tarloff at Berkshire Theatre Group. TV/film: “Body of Proof,” “3 lbs.,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Sex and the City,” “All My Children,” Blair Witch 2, Cradle Will Rock. She is a singer/songwriter in the band The Petersons. She is a founding member of New Neighborhood and received her M.F.A. from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
ADAM O’BYRNE (Don Best) is a Los Angeles-based actor and founding member of New Neighborhood. Recent credits include the world premiere of I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile (BTG/New Neighborhood) and the world premiere of These Paper Bullets! (Yale Repertory Theatre). Other theatre: The Stratford Festival of Canada, A.C.T. in San Francisco, CTG in L.A., Shakespeare Santa Cruz and Yale Repertory Theatre, among others. TV: Rolin Jones’s AMC pilot “Knifeman.” Recurring on “Bosch” (Amazon), “Extant” (CBS), “Murder in the First” (TNT) and “Hell on Wheels” (AMC). Guest appearances on “Grimm” (NBC), “Cold Case” (CBS), “Vegas” (CBS), “NCIS” (CBS) and “The United States of Tara” (Showtime). Film: indie western Dead Man’s Burden and the upcoming thriller Sleepwalker. He has a B.A. from Yale College and an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama.