With the bloody-knuckled, pouty-lipped, Hot Topic-clad swag of your angsty fourteen-year-old sister, actress Morgan Weed has dragged “American Idiot” producers into a nasty little lawsuit for alleged identity distortion in the show’s promo campaign.

Weed, a former swing and understudy for “Whatsername” during the pre-Broadway run at Berkeley Rep, is “demanding compensatory and punitive damages” in addition to a slice of the show’s financial yields to compensate for all the tormented nights of anguish she spent thinking about the destructive force her two seconds of screen time in this studio recording of “21 Guns” will have on her fledgling career in regional theatre.

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Theatre Actress Sues Over Green Day Musical Promo [abc news]

Come July 1, rent for legendary “straight edge” East Bay venue 924 Gilman will be scaled up almost three grand. That’s an extra 31 grand a year. Well shoot, landlord. That’s not very punk of you.

Gilman is offering merch for kindhearted philanthropists willing to throw down $25 dollars or more for the cause. If there are any old Billie Joe Armstrong cassettes rattling in your sock drawer, it’s safe to say you owe these guys a buck or two. Help them make ends meet.

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924 Gilman’s Future in Jeopardy? [East Bay Express]

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“American Idiot” (the play), we remember when you were just a wee idea, scrounging for funding amidst a world of skeptics and naysayers. Now look at you: an extended run at the Rep, a critical response ranging from mediocre to pretty good, and you’re ready to leave the nest, off to Broadway – the big time. We promised ourselves we wouldn’t cry. read more »

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When we saw “Berkeley” on the front cover of The New York Times’ Weekend Arts section, we thought, “Hey! That’s us,” and then dove into a rut of deep self-consciousness. It’s not often that we have so many upper-right-coast eyes peering in our direction. Leave it to hotshot local yokel Billie Joe Armstrong. His theatrical excursion is out and the reviews are in. Drum roll, please: read more »

Green DayIf you had money riding on Green Day’s theater debut being a flop, bust or overall embarrassment (though there’s still time for that!), what were you thinking? These guys book football stadiums. Sure enough, American Idiot has already crushed the box office at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. In light of this unanticipated demand, the Rep has decided to extend the play’s run another three weeks. If you goofed up real nasty and somehow let buying tickets slip your mind, now’s your chance! The spirits of capitalism and pop-punk are smiling wide.

“American Idiot” was originally scheduled to run from Sept. 16 through Oct. 11, with previews starting today. As if. The rock drama will go on through Nov. 1. The story follows some working class kids as they traverse the terrain of American influence (this includes the Middle East.) Now, all that remains to be seen is, you know, whether it’s any good.

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Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ to rock on for three additional weeks [LA TIMES]

shorts11Three post office locations in Berkeley are set to close. Don’t worry, the one on Durant is still safe, which is probably the only one you use anyway. [InBerkeley]

Another reason to skip class … we mean, review what your professor said in class. Thanks to some generous grants to fund the Opencast Matterhorn project, 40 classrooms will now have webcast capabilities. [Daily Cal]

If free tomato testing isn’t enough of an incentive for you to check out the Berkeley Farmers’ Market this week, then perhaps you should know that US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has officially declared this week National Farmers Week. Now you have no excuse. [SFist]

The cast for “American Idiot” has just been announced. We’re guessing George Bush, Sarah Palin, Britney Spears and … oh wait, that’s the one about Green Day isn’t it? [LA Times]

Earlier: What Budget Crisis?


Believe it or not, plays don’t seem to fare all that well in dismal economic climates. Fortunately, our good ol’ Berkeley Rep just received two generous donations

The Affair of the Necklace move in support of its upcoming world premiers. Breathe easy kids, with the help of the Phyllis C. Wattis foundation and The Edgerton Foundation, Green Day’s American Idiot Sydney aka Hard Eight trailer

and Naomi Iizuka’s slightly less fourteen-year-old-friendly Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West

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Flight from Ashiya film will go forth as anticipated. read more »

112323844_ecc2176a89Remember when we told you about Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s amazing upcoming season? Well, get out your studded belts and rub some glue into that faux-hawk: The company is also premiering a play adaptation of Green Day’s “American Idiot.”

Complete with a cast of nineteen and an onstage band, and based on a book written by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and director Michael Mayer, the rock opera turned musical is centered around a number of characters seeking “redemption in a conflicted world.”

Which is clearly about as punk-rock as it gets.

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Punk Goes Theater: Berkeley Rep Takes Green Day’s American Idiot to the Stage [East Bay Express]
Green Day Musical to Debut at Berkeley Rep [AIWFB

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We don’t know why, but this was cut from the webcast of the commencement ceremony. Phallus in Chains plays the graduation staple “Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)” by Green Day, and we were so unenthused that we thought about going back to studying. Stick around to the four minute mark, however, and you’ll see why this video rocks.

Phallus in Chains Berkeley 2007 Commencement Convocation [YouTube]