THESE PAPER BULLETS! NYTimes Feature


Check out this great feature on the making of THESE PAPER BULLETS!

Rolin Jones, left, and Jackson Gay at a rehearsal for “These Paper Bullets!” Credit Douglas Healey for The New York Times

Rolin Jones, left, and Jackson Gay at a rehearsal for “These Paper Bullets!” Credit Douglas Healey for The New York Times

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‘These Paper Bullets!,’ a Shakespeare-Beatles Pastiche

“Let me get this straight,” Billie Joe Armstrong said to the playwright and screenwriter Rolin Jones over drinks last year. “You’re going to rewriteShakespeare, and I’m going to rewrite the Beatles?”

The improbable show Mr. Jones was pitching to Mr. Armstrong, the Green Day frontman, opens next week at Yale Repertory Theater with the title “These Paper Bullets!” and the helpful subtitle, “A Modish Rip-Off of William Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’ ” Mr. Jones’s notion — to reset that prickly romantic comedy in Swinging ’60s London, and to reimagine the play’s returning war heroes as a popular rock quartet just back from conquering the United States — required nearly an album’s worth of period-appropriate songs. READ MORE...