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by Stephen Karam & PJ Paparelli

“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.” –Dramatic Publishing

  • Peter Marks of The Washington Post called it “An ambitious examination of the suburbanization of evil, directed with a surefire sense of theatricality by PJ Paparelli.”
  • The New York Times reviewer (of the Off-Broadway production) wrote: “Mr. Karam and Mr. Paparelli have captured authentic notes of adolescent anxiety and yearning in briskly drawn scenes…”
  • “An unnerving study in adolescent angst, Columbinus relentlessly paints a bold picture that bears witnessing…it merges the fact of the Columbine massacre with a harrowing impression of what life is like in high schools today.”  — Star-Ledger