A STAGED READING
June 22 and 23
at Open Book Theatre in Trenton
June 22 and 23 at 7pm (adult cast) • June 23 at 2pm (student cast)
Adult cast features: Ethan Kankula, Kate Martinez, Taylor Morrow, Tim Pollack, Tim Smith, Mike Suchyta, and Meghan VanArsdalen
Student cast features: Anna Bruce, Elijah Bruening, Eric Kudla, Cait LeBlanc, Brooke Scherer, Jonah Sobczak, Jack Welcher, and Miles Young
Open Book Theatre Company is located at 1621 West Road, Trenton
What is columbinus?
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."
All performances of columbinus are free to the public
We are, however, taking donations for The Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to adolescent suicide prevention particularly amongst LGBTQ youth. With this in mind, we are looking to underwrite production costs, and would greatly appreciate any public support to help bring this timely, crucial story to life.