These Paper Bullets!
written by ROLIN JONES
songs by BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG
directed by JACKSON GAY
co-production with Geffen Playhouse
Linda Gross Theater
November 20, 2015 – January 10, 2016
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.
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.
*These Paper Bullets! is presented in association with New Neighborhood.
Cast & Creative
JAMES BARRY 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. 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. 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.
Mr. Crumpet, Anton, Queen
CHRISTOPHER GEARY 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.
Mr. Urges, Reverend
BRAD HEBERLEE 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. 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. 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. 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 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 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.
LUCAS PAPAELIAS originated his role in These Paper Bullets! at Yale Rep and Geffen Playhouse. He most recently appeared on Broadway as an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning musical Once. Lucas composed original music for Kevin Kline’s Cyrano and received a Drama Desk nomination for Essential Self- Defense at Playwrights Horizons. On-camera, he has a recurring role on the Cinemax series “The Knick” and appears in the upcoming feature film Geezer alongside Billie Joe Armstrong. Other assorted credits include School of Rock, “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order,” The Art Machine and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” www.roadporn.net
NICOLE PARKER recently won an Ovation Award for her portrayal of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl with 3-D Theatricals. She played Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and the first national tour. Also on Broadway, she was seen in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and The People in the Picture with Donna Murphy. Regional credits include Rosemary in How to Succeed… at Reprise, Juliet in The People vs. Friar Laurence at Chicago Shakespeare and the world premiere of Dog and Pony at The Old Globe directed by the great Roger Rees. For six years, Nicole was an actor and contributing writer on Fox’s “MADtv.” Television appearances include “Key and Peele” and “Bunk” on IFC. She is an ensemble member of the New York-based theatre company Waterwell. Nicole has been a guest soloist with the Philly Pops, the Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and many more. For Roger.
GREG STUHR most recently appeared in the Broadway production of Larry David’s Fish in the Dark. Other Broadway credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; David Mamet’s November, directed by Joe Mantello; and Elaine May’s Taller Than a Dwarf, directed by Alan Arkin. Off- Broadway and regional work includes world premieres by Ethan Coen, Keith Reddin, Rolin Jones and Bruce Norris for the Atlantic Theater Company, South Coast Rep, Yale Rep, Geffen Playhouse and Steppenwolf Theater Company, respectively. His film The American Side, opening in March 2016, co-written with Jenna Ricker and co-starring Alicja Bachleda, Camilla Belle, Matthew Broderick and Robert Forster, was touted by The Hollywood Reporter as an “adrenaline charged, pop noir mystery.” He was a regular on “Onion SportsDome” for Comedy Central, is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon Drama and is considered by many the most breathtaking member of New Neighborhood.
ARIANA VENTURI. New York: Alex Timbers’ Dance Dance Revolution (Les Freres Corbusier), Vendetta Chrome (Clubbed Thumb), The Great Recession (The Flea). Regional: These Paper Bullets! (Geffen, Yale Repertory Theatre), Robert Woodruff’s In a Year with 13 Moons (Yale Repertory Theatre); Michael von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival); Design for Living, The Cat and the Canary and, most recently, the world premiere of Suzanne Heathcote’s I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile directed by Jackson Gay (Berkshire Theatre Group). B.A. in English from Vassar College and recently received her M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. Proud member of New Neighborhood.
Paulina Noble, Frida
LIZ WISAN. New York theatre: Other Desert Cities (Broadway and LCT); The Tempest (La MaMa); Bill W. & Dr. Bob (SoHo Playhouse); Billy Witch (APAC); Miss Lilly Gets Boned, My Base and Scurvy Heart and The Sporting Life (Studio 42, Resident Artist). Regional: These Paper Bullets! and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Yale Rep), Baskerville (The Old Globe), Absurd Person Singular (Two River Theater), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… (Berkeley Rep), Christopher Bayes’ The Servant of Two Masters (Yale Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, Seattle Rep and ArtsEmerson) and other works at Williamstown, Chautauqua and Premiere Stages. TV and film: “Elementary,” “This is Hot 97,” Ready or Knot and Bitches. Liz performs improv, stand-up and sketch comedy including two shows she co-wrote for the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre:The Goods Are Odd and Seriously Extremely Important. M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. Proud member of New Neighborhood. www.lizwisan.com.
ROLIN JONES. These Paper Bullets! received its world premiere in 2014 at Yale Repertory Theatre and won four Connecticut Critics Circle Awards including Best Production of the Year. His plays The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and The Jammer were both previously produced at the Atlantic Theater Company. Jenny Chow received the Obie Award for Excellence in Playwriting and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. He has written for the television shows “Weeds,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Boardwalk Empire.” His “Friday Night Lights” episode, The Son, was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Dramatic Writing and was named by Time magazine as the best episode of television for the year 2010. He recently wrote the film adaptation of American Idiot for the Playtone Company and is currently writing an adaptation of the “This American Life” episode 129 Cars for the fine folks at Fox Television Studios. Yale School of Drama 2004. Grossing Guard for the theatre and TV-producing company New Neighborhood. Lakers, Cubs, Raiders, Bernard Hopkins.
Music and Lyrics
BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG is the front man of the Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day. Green Day’s albums include 1039/Smooth Out Slappy Hours; Kerplunk; 1994’s Dookie, which sold 15 million copies and garnered their first Grammy (and inspired a raft of imitators); Insomniac; Nimrod; Warning; 2004’s landmark American Idiot, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles and won two Grammys including Best Rock Album; 21st Century Breakdown (Grammy Award, Best Rock Album); and 2012’s consecutively released ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! (as well as the behind-the-scenes DVD ¡Cuatro!). In late 2013, Armstrong and Norah Jones released Foreverly, a tribute to the Everly Brothers’ 1958 album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. The Tony and Grammy-winning musical American Idiot, featuring lyrics by Armstrong, music by Green Day and a book written by Armstrong and director Michael Mayer, debuted at Berkeley Rep in 2009 and opened on Broadway the next year. Throughout its run Armstrong made cameo appearances in the role of St. Jimmy. The recent documentary Broadway Idiot chronicled his road to the Great White Way. His other film and TV credits include This is 40; “Nurse Jackie”; Like Sunday, Like Rain; and the upcoming feature film Geezer. greenday.com
JACKSON GAY. Upcoming: Jen Silverman’s The Moors (Yale Rep); Grounded (Alley Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Cal Shakes). Recent: Suzanne Heathcote’s I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile (co-production New Neighborhood/BTF); Sheila Callaghan’s Elevada (Yale Rep); Lucy Thurber’s The Insurgents (Labyrinth); These Paper Bullets! (Yale Rep, 2014 Connecticut Critics Circle Award Best Production and Best Director); David Adjmi’s 3C (Rattlestick/piece by piece/Rising Phoenix); Kingdom City (La Jolla Playhouse); Thurber’s Where We’re Born (Rattlestick); Rolin Jones’ The Jammer (Atlantic) and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic; Yale Rep, Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Production of a Play); A Little Journey (Mint Theater Company; Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Revival of a Play). Jackson is a founding member of New Neighborhood. She is the Director of Artistic Programming for Fuller Road Artist Residency in Vermont and teaches directing at Columbia University and Yale College. M.F.A., Yale School of Drama.
MICHAEL YEARGAN has designed for theatres in America, London’s West End, Broadway and Off-Broadway. Broadway credits include The Light in the Piazza (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Henry Hewes Award, Cymbeline, Seascape, Awake and Sing (Drama Desk Award and Tony nomination, South Pacific (Drama Desk Award and Tony Award), The Bridges of Madison County and Lincoln Center Theater’s current production of The King and I. Opera credits in America and abroad are extensive and include the world premieres of A Streetcar Named Desire and Dead Man Walking (San Francisco Opera), The Great Gatsby and Nico Muhly’s Two Boys for the Met. Work in L.A. includes The Glass Menagerie with Judith Ivey and The Merry Widow at L.A. Opera. He recently designed Wagner’s Ring Cycle for Washington National Opera and San Francisco Opera. He is co-chair of Stage Design at the Yale School of Drama.
JESSICA FORD. Jessica works in New York City and in regional theatres nationally including Arena Stage, Cleveland Play House, Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Alley Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Syracuse Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Folger Theatre and Actors Theatre of Louisville, among others. She was a 2015 Connecticut Circle Award winner for These Paper Bullets! at Yale Repertory Theatre. Recent work includes I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile by Suzanne Heathcote at Berkshire Theatre Group and The Liar by David Ives at Westport Country Playhouse. NYC: Atlantic Theater, Second Stage, P73, Ars Nova, The Play Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Public Theater, Pearl Theatre, among others. Recent NYC credits include Jacuzzi by The Debate Society and the world premiere of The Insurgents by Lucy Thurber for Labyrinth Theater Company, directed by Jackson Gay. Jessica joined the faculty at UMass Amherst this fall.
PAUL WHITAKER. New York credits include The Public Theater, Atlantic Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, MCC, The Play Company, Ma-Yi Theater Company, INTAR, Labyrinth Theater Company and others. Regional credits include Geffen Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Alley, Huntington Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre Company, Center Stage, A.C.T., Hartford Stage, Dallas Theater Center, George Street Playhouse and others. Paul has taught at Cal Poly Pomona and Amherst College, and is currently a Senior Lighting Designer and Senior Theatre Consultant for Schuler Shook.
Sound Designer & Incidental Music
BROKEN CHORD. New York: Atlantic Theater (The Jammer, The Lying Lesson), The Incubator Arts Project (OZET), Labyrinth Theater (The Insurgents), Manhattan Theatre Club (Spirit Control, When We Were Young and Unafraid), Primary Stages (A Lifetime Burning; Harrison, TX; Informed Consent), The Public Theater (The Good Negro, Eclipsed), Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Stay, Massacre…), Second Stage Theatre (The Other Thing), Signature Theatre (The Dance and the Railroad, Appropriate), Women’s Project (Lascivious Something, Row After Row). Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Party People), Center Stage (American Buffalo), Dallas Theater Center (The Tempest, King Lear, The Odd Couple), Hartford Stage (The Whipping Man, Snow Falling on Cedars), Huntington Theatre (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, A Raisin in the Sun), La Jolla Playhouse (Ruined), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ruined, Party People), People’s Light & Theatre (End Days), Shakespeare Theatre Company (Romeo and Juliet), Trinity Repertory Company (Steel Magnolias, The Glass Menagerie), Yale Repertory Theatre (Eclipsed, These Paper Bullets!). www.brokenchordcollective.com
NICHOLAS HUSSONG. Regional credits include These Paper Bullets! (Geffen Playhouse, Yale Rep), The Mountaintop (Playmakers Rep), I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile (Berkshire Theatre Group) as well as productions with Abrons Art Center, Premieres NYC, Ars Nova, Heartbeat Opera, Joe’s Pub, Nashville Symphony, Hartford Symphony, I Am a Boys Choir, SummerWorks Toronto, La MaMa Summer Share and Joe’s Pub. Nicholas was the Artistic Associate at Triad Stage in Greensboro, North Carolina where he continues to design new works based on Appalachian life written by Preston Lane. Nickhussong.com
TOM KITT received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. He is also the composer of If/Then (Tony nomination); High Fidelity (Broadway); Bring it On: The Musical (co composer with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway); The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well and Cymbeline (The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park); and Orphans (Broadway). Tom was also responsible for the music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadway, and provided additional arrangements for their Grammy Award-winning album 21st Century Breakdown and their album trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! Tom also received an Emmy Award as co-writer (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Awards opening number, “Bigger.” As a musical director, conductor, arranger and orchestrator, his credits include Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, 2Cellos featuring Lang Lang (Live and Let Die), The Kennedy Center Honors, Everyday Rapture, Laugh Whore and Pippin (Deaf West).
JULIE McBRIDE. Julie McBride holds degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Mannes College of Music. Broadway and other New York credits include Amazing Grace, Finding Neverland, Side Show, Matilda, If/Then, American Idiot, Next to Normal, In the Heights, The Addams Family, Big Fish, The Lion King, CHIX 6, Inner Voices: Solo Musicals, The Happy Elf, Judas and Me (NYMF). Regional credits include These Paper Bullets! (Yale Repertory Theatre), LMNOP (Goodspeed), Daddy Long Legs (Northlight, La Mirada, Laguna Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, Skylight Theatre, PCPA, St. Louis Rep, Royal Manitoba), Emma (Arizona Theatre Company), Suprema (O’Neill). She has served on the faculties of Syracuse University’s Tepper Program and The Juilliard School (Drama Division).
STEPHEN GABIS. For Atlantic Theater Company: Bluebird,Through a Glass Darkly, Port Authority, The Collection and A Kind of Alaska,Celebration and The Room, Parlour Song, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Voysey Inheritance, The Bald Soprano, The Night Heron, Dublin Carol, Blue/Orange, Hobson’s Choice, The Hothouse. Selected Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Outside Mullingar, Beautiful, The Winslow Boy, Lucky Guy, Macbeth, Once, The Book of Mormon (tours), Man and Boy, Lombardi, A View From the Bridge, The 39 Steps, Brief Encounter, Doubt, Jersey Boys, Brighton Beach Memoirs, “Master Harold”…and the boys, Heartbreak House. Selected Off- Broadway/regional: Indecent (at Yale Rep); Punk Rock; The Weir; Da; Look Back in Anger; Sorrows and Rejoicings; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Juno and the Paycock; Abigail’s Party; Stuff Happens. Selected film/TV: The Confirmation, Spotlight, Stonewall, “The Americans,” “Boardwalk Empire,” Salt, “Bernard and Doris,” Across the Universe.
KEVIN WILLIAMSON. Kevin Williamson is an L.A.-based dance artist who received his M.F.A. in Dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. A Lestor Horton Award recipient and Center Theatre Group Sherwood Award finalist, Kevin’s dance-theatre works explore aspects of contemporary queer life and have been presented nationally and internationally at venues such as Danspace Project, REDCAT, CounterPulse, LACMA and Beijing Dance Festival. Kevin has also created original choreography for UCLA Opera, The Juilliard School, Yale Repertory Theatre, Geffen Playhouse and Edinburgh Fringe. His performance credits include dancing and collaborating in the works of David Rousseve/REALITY, David Gordon/Pick Up Performance, Julie Taymor and Angelin Preljocaj for L.A. Opera, Robert Moses’ Kin, Stephen Koplowitz, Heidi Duckler, Maria Gillespie, Kate Hutter, Sebastian Prantl and David Bridel. Kevin is a full-time faculty member at Scripps College in Claremont, CA and a member of New Neighborhood.
MICHAEL ROSSMY. Michael is incredibly excited to be at Atlantic Theater Company and to rejoin the production team of These Paper Bullets! Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities. Regional credits include Yale Repertory Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Westport County Playhouse, The Old Globe, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Primary Stages, Delaware REP, Red Bull Theater, Soho Rep, The MUNY, Baltimore Center Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Public Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Metropolitan Opera, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Rattlestick Theater, Pace University, Cherry Lane Theatre and others. Michael is a faculty member at the Yale School of Drama, where he teaches Stage Combat, and is also the Stage Combat Supervisor for all undergraduate productions at Yale College.
Production Stage Manager
BREE SHERRY. Regional: Geffen Playhouse:These Paper Bullets!; Pasadena Playhouse: Kiss Me Kate; Kirk Douglas Theatre with Lythgoe Family Panto: Princess & Pirates; Merrimack Repertory Theatre: Talley’s Folly, Equally Divided, Stella & Lou, Devil’s Music, Mrs. Mannerly; The Washington Ballet: Nutcracker (2012), The Sun Also Rises; Studio Theatre: Bad Jews, The Motherf**ker With the Hat; Triad Stage: A Christmas Carol (2011), A Doll House, Dial ‘M’ for Murder, Masquerade, Steel Magnolias, The Sunset Limited; Yale Repertory Theatre: The Servant of Two Masters, Rough Crossing. New York: Fringe Festival 2010, Kraine Theatre with Magic Mouth Productions: American Gypsy; Abingdon Theatre with LXP Productions: My Sweet Charlie. Other: Operations Manager, International Festival of Arts and Ideas; Touring Stage Manager, Reduced Shakespeare Company; Production Manager, UCSB’s Theater & Dance Department; Latin Grammy Awards (2014); Drama Desk Awards (2010). M.F.A. in Stage Management from Yale University, School of Drama.
Assistant Stage Manager
CAROLYNN RICHER recently served as the Assistant Stage Manager on Happy End at the New School for Drama. Other stage management credits include Accidental Death of an Anarchist, A Streetcar Named Desire and Stones in His Pockets (Yale Repertory Theatre). Carolynn worked as the production assistant for American Ballet Theatre and the Broadway production of You Can’t Take It With You. She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. Many thanks to Mom, Dad, Al and Pete.
YALE REPERTORY THEATRE, the internationally celebrated professional theatre in residence at Yale School of Drama, has championed new work since 1966, producing well over 100 premieres—including two Pulitzer Prize winners and four other nominated finalists—by emerging and established playwrights. Twelve Yale Rep productions have advanced to Broadway, garnering more than 40 Tony Award nominations and eight Tony Awards. Yale Rep is also the recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Established in 2008, Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s most robust and innovative new play programs. To date, the Binger Center has supported the work of more than 40 commissioned artists and underwritten the world premieres and subsequent productions of 21 new American plays and musicals at Yale Rep and theatres across the country, including this season’s Indecent created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, peerless by Jiehae Park and The Moors by Jen Silverman. www.yalerep.org.
NEW NEIGHBORHOOD. Born out of the Low Brow/Hi Fi 2014 Yale Rep production of These Paper Bullets! and the unintended financial backing of Rupert Murdoch, New Neighborhood is a theatre and television company whose sincerity and authenticity are so combustible, it cannot be housed under one roof for too long without doing severe structural damage. With new work, bruised work, all-singing, all-dancing, foulmouthed musical work, New Neighborhood seeks to harvest the organs of its audience and sell them back to their owners within the time house lights dim and rise, or the DVR records and you delete. New Neighborhood is a particular ordinance of actors, designers, directors, dramaturgs (all the hot D’s!), musicians, graphic novelists, producers, writers, widows, widowers (all the lousy W’s) and bad, browned-on-both-sides balladeers. In the summer of 2015, New Neighborhood produced the world premiere of Suzanne Heathcote’s I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile with Berkshire Theatre Festival. www.newneighborhood.net
GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE has been a hub of the Los Angeles theatre scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and second productions, the not for-profit organization continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theatre, the company was founded by Gilbert Cates, and is currently helmed by Artistic Director Randall Arney, Executive Director Gil Cates, Jr., and Co-Chairs of the Board Martha Henderson and Pamela Robinson. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year and maintains extensive education and community engagement programs designed to involve underserved young people and the community at large in the arts. Following a strong 2014/2015 season during which five productions extended, the company’s 20th anniversary season features eight productions (two world and three West Coast premieres) featuring some of the nation’s leading playwrights and directors. Geffenplayhouse.com.
“Let’s twist and shout!Jangling rock tunes by Billie Joe Armstrongmimic hip-shaking rhythms of early Beatles hits!A goofy good time!Evokes the styles of the era with flair,monty pythonesque silliness, andmakes you want to unleash your inner swooning teenager!”
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“Made me laugh harder than anything I’ve seen all year!The show is a clever bit of tickle with
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Time Out New York
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