- $16 for two tickets to see columbinus (up to $29.50 value)
- When: Friday, May 2, through Friday, May 9
- Where: BU Theatre
- Seating: orchestra section
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
In 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 24 others when they opened fire in Columbine High School. Although a decade and a half have passed since, the conditions that gave rise to the act remain. Further shootings in Aurora, Newtown, and other towns have kept violence-prevention at the forefront of the national dialogue. And it's here that Stephen Karam and P.J. Paparelli's columbinus dwells. Written in the wake of the Columbine massacre, the harrowing drama not only questions the continued presence of violence but also addresses some of its possible roots. With it, Paparelli and Karam hope to "provide a more thorough reflection on mass shootings from the point of view of the people who survived one.”
Revised following the shooting in Aurora to include an act on the healing process, the play combines the all-too-real with a fictional narrative. In a stereotypical American high school, archetypical students known only as “AP,” “Rebel,” “Faith,” “Perfect,” “Prep,” and “Jock” bully “Loner” and “Freak,” taking their script from interviews, court records, and the minds of Karam and Paparelli. In the second act, "Loner" and "Freak" shed their labels to become Harris and Klebold, as scenes from the shooters' videos and personal journals lead up to the massacre. The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones—who gave columbinus a four-star review when it played in Chicago—shared, “one of its most remarkable accomplishments is how well, in its first act, it charts the progression of teenage alienation.”