About this Show
columbinus, a docu-drama, explores the cultural and personal pathologies that gave rise to the horrific events in Littleton, Colorado in 1999, when two students went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School, killing a dozen students and a teacher before killing themselves.
This examination of the ecosphere of the average American high school presents an anonymous portrait of high school life in the fictionalized first act, before focusing in detail on the devastating events at Columbine in the second. columbinus probes the psychological warfare of alienation, hostility, and social pressure that goes on in high schools across America.
Created by The United States Theatre Project, written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli, with dramaturgy by Patricia Hersch, and conceived and directed by PJ Paparelli, columbinus weaves together excerpts from discussions with parents, survivors and community leaders in Littleton as well as diaries and home video footage to bring to light the dark recesses of American adolescence. In the wake of our most recent school shooting at Marshall County High School in Kentucky, our country’s eleventh in the infant stages of 2018, The Yard’s 18 young-person based Ensemble teams with Steppenwolf's LookOut Series to explore an epidemic that continues to plague our society at continually alarming rate.
THEATRE RELEVANT TO YOUNG PEOPLE, PERFORMED BY YOUNG PEOPLE
Founded in 2015, The Yard is a professional youth driven theater company that seeks to tell stories that explore, challenge, and give voice to the issues confronting our young people today. Through artistic mentorship as well as working with a diverse variety of professional theatre companies,The Yard creates theatrical experiences that immerse its young artists in every aspect of the Chicago storefront theatre-making process
columbinus deals with tough content matter for audiences of all ages, and certain material may not be suitable for younger audiences including strong language, flashing lights, loud sounds, gunshots and simulated violence onstage. This show also contains instances of: violence, guns, gunshots, death, suicide, anti-Semitism, homophobia, racism, body shaming, misogyny, self-harm, eating disorders and sexual content.
We recommend this show for ages 13 and up.
If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.
There will be a 20 minute post-show conversation immediately following the 4pm Saturday matinees on May 19 and May 26.
Late Seating Policy
Please note, due to the intimate nature of the space and the sensitive content of the play, the artists have specified that there will be no late entry for columbinus.
Cast and Artists
Director: Mechelle Moe
Assistant Director: Jared Bellot
Movement Director: Dana Murphy
Dramaturgy: Lucas Garcia
Set Design: John Wilson
Sound Design: Aaron Stephenson
Lighting Design: Brandon Wardell
Violence Designer: Max Fabian
Stage Manager: Daniel Parsons
Photographer: Krista Wortendyke
Artistic Directors: Mechelle Moe & Joel Ewing
Costume Design: Elle Erickson
Prop Design: Dina Klahn
Projector Design: Joe Burke
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