Preservation and creation at Yale

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Yale’s traditions of preservation and creation were illustrated recently when members of the creative team behind the “These Paper Bullets” —a “modish rip-off” of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” making its world premiere at the Yale Repertory Theatre — saw firsthand early editions of the original play during a visit to the Elizabethan Club of Yale University.

School of Drama alumni Rolin Jones ’04 M.F.A. (left) adapted Shakespeare’s classic for modern times, and Jackson Gay ’03 M.F.A. directed “These Paper Bullets,” which continues through April 5.

The duo are shown here holding (left) the first edition of “Much Ado About Nothing,” printed in 1600, and the First Folio edition of 1623. The volumes are part of the comprehensive collection of materials related to the Bard preserved in Yale’s libraries and museums.

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