Written By: Stephen Karam
Directed by: Chris Hamilton
On April 20, 1999, in Littleton, Colorado, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School and massacred 12 of their classmates and a teacher before turning their guns on themselves. The entire country was shocked and horrified, and filled with unanswered questions: Why did they do it? Who is responsible? How did they pull it off? The United States Theater Project muses on all of these questions in their explosive first play, columbinus. Composed of interviews of parents, survivors, and community leaders, police evidence, and recordings from the killers themselves, columbinus blends fact and fiction to take a brutally honest, often tragic look at the trials and tribulations of adolescence. Authors Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli see the play as a "theatrical discussion" that brings to light the pain and insecurity of the American teenager, so that we can work to prevent the hate and fear from manifesting itself into another deadly attack.
All proceeds go to the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).