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."
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code CD7000
- Cast Size 8
- Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 70 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583423929
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Don't fall into the traps of making Dylan and Eric the absolute enemy. Humanize, make them real, show their vulnerability!"
- Tip by Garry Lee Posey, Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Media Reviews"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
"A powerful and important piece about the churning rage that's all too likely to bubble over again one day." -New York Post
"Mr. Karam and Mr. Paparelli have captured authentic notes of adolescent anxiety and yearning in briskly drawn scenes." -The New York Times
"This one comes right from the gut … highly theatrical and deeply disturbing." -Variety
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