'columbinus' play opens Friday, Jan. 26

Madison College Performing Arts will present "columbinus," a play that looks at issues of alienation, hostility and social pressure in high schools and was suggested by the April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colo.

Two teenagers traumatized their school and shocked the nation when they gunned downed 12 classmates, one teacher and wounded many others. Almost immediately, the media termed the event as the Columbine High School Massacre and sparked a national conversation on the topics of campus bullying, adolescent mental health and gun violence.

"columbinus," a show Variety called “highly theatrical and deeply disturbing,” was developed using interviews of witnesses and video documentaries made by the shooters. The show walks audiences through the events leading up to, during and following the Columbine High School Massacre.*

“With our production of "columbinus," we hope to reflect on Madison College and our local community to engage in productive dialogue; hopefully preventing a similar tragedy from shattering our hallways and our neighborhoods,” said Miranda Hawk, chair of Communications and Performing Arts.

Public performances dates:

  • Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. - with community conversations after performance
  • Friday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. - with community conversations after performance
  • Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Madison College students and staff performance and conversation dates:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m.

To support this effort, Madison College Performing Arts will be hosting facilitated conversations immediately following designated shows.  

Facilitators include local law enforcement, community leaders and members of our own professional staff and faculty. A discussion guide including historical timelines and media coverage will be available to all participating.

Hawk encourages Madison College instructors to include the show in their spring 2018 curriculum.

*Because of mature content, this performance, images and language may not be suitable for all audiences.

Contact Miranda Hawk if you would like more information about the production or facilitated conversations.

Published January 24, 2018. Updated January 28, 2018.