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columbinus
columbinus
An unnerving study in adolescent angst, columbinus relentlessly paints a bold picture that bears witnessing … it merges the facts of the Columbine massacre with a harrowing impression of what life is like in high schools today. — Star-Ledger

Mr. Karam and Mr. Paparelli have captured authentic notes of adolescent anxiety and yearning in briskly drawn scenes. —New York Times

A powerful and important piece about the churning rage that's all too likely to bubble over again one day. —New York Post

"This one comes right from the gut … highly theatrical and deeply disturbing." —Variety
Documentary drama. By the United States Theatre Project. Written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli. Dramaturgy by Patricia Hersch. Conceived by PJ Paparelli.

Cast: 5m., 3w. columbinus, a play sparked by the April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., is a meeting of fact and fiction that illuminates the realities of adolescent culture by exploring the events surrounding the shootings. The play weaves together excerpts from discussions with parents, survivors and community leaders in Littleton as well as police evidence to bring to light the dark recesses of American adolescence. When columbinus premiered in 2005 at the Round House Theatre, Peter Marks of the Washington Post called it, "An ambitious examination of the suburbanization of evil," and the play went on to receive five Helen Hayes Award nominations including the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play. Following the off-Broadway opening at New York Theatre Workshop one year later, Variety proclaimed: "This one comes straight from the gut—a wrenching return to the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in which 12 students and a teacher were killed when two senior classmates went on a shooting rampage. The United States Theatre Project's smart and sensitive treatment of the event, which traumatized a suburban Colorado community and shocked the entire country, stirs up thought and feeling in this clean ensemble production, drawn from interviews, public records and the private diaries of the shooters." Unit set. Approximate running time: Act One: 1 hour, 10 minutes. Act Two: 45 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  CD7
Cast Size:  8
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  117
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  115 min.
Categories
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583423923
Publication Date: 12/07/2007
Biographies
Stephen Karam received a 2006 Helen Hayes nomination for co-writing columbinus, which ran off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop in May 2006. His new play, Speech & Debate, premiered at the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre. His plays have been produced/workshopped at the Roundabout Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Round House Theatre, Perseverance Theatre and at the New York ...More
PJ Paparelli conceived, co-wrote and directed the original productions of columbinus at New York Theatre Workshop, Perseverance and Round House Theatres. He is the founder and artistic director of the United States Theatre Project. He is also the artistic director of Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. From 1998 to 2004, he served as the associate director of the Shakespeare Theatre ...More
Patricia Hersch is the author of A Tribe Apart: Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence. Critically acclaimed by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Herald and Chicago Sun-Times, Hersch's groundbreaking book has become a classic in its field. Considered the "first report from the home front" the year it was released, both Amazon.com and The Wall Street Journal named it one ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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