Theater & art

Yale Rep, Harbor Stage Company unveil seasons

A rock version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” will feature songs by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day.
A rock version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” will feature songs by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day.

A rock ’n’ roll remake of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” with original songs by Billie Joe Armstrong of pop-punk band Green Day and Broadway’s “American Idiot,” will have its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre next spring. Adapted by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rolin Jones (“The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow”) and directed by his fellow Yale School of Drama graduate Jackson Gay, “These Paper Bullets” will turn the tale of two couples in Messina into a tale of four lads from Liverpool, searching for love and trying to record an album. Taking its title from a line spoken by Benedick in “Much Ado,” it will run March 14-April 5, 2014, at the University Theatre.

Also in Yale Rep’s 2013-14 season are Tennessee Williams’s “A Streetcar Named Desire,” directed by Mark Rucker and running Sept. 20-Oct. 12; Caryl Churchill’s “Owners,” directed by Evan Yionoulis, Oct. 25-Nov. 16; Dario Fo’s “Accidental Death of an Anarchist,” directed by Christopher Bayes and featuring Steven Epp, Nov. 30-Dec. 21; Meg Miroshnik’s “The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls,” Jan. 31-Feb. 22, 2014; and the world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s “The House That Will Not Stand,” directed by Patricia McGregor, April 18-May 10, 2014.

In Wellfleet, Harbor Stage Company will open its second summer season with Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” June 20-July 13. The play will be adapted and directed by artistic director Robert Kropf, who did the same for last year’s inaugural production, “Hedda Gabler.” Next up will be the world premiere of “The Billingsgate Project,” July 18-Aug. 10. Written by company member Brenda Withers (“The Ding Dongs, or What Is the Penalty in Portugal?”), it will juxtapose “real episodes from Wellfleet history with issues of contemporary concern” and is planned to coincide with the town’s 250th anniversary celebrations.


The season will close with Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love,” directed by Jeff Zinn and running Aug. 15-Sept. 7. It will be the fifth Shepard play that Zinn, the former artistic director of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, has staged in the waterfront space, which for more than two decades was WHAT’s home. The other four productions — “A Lie of the Mind,” “Buried Child,” “Simpatico,” and “True West” — were for WHAT.

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