"Columbinus" is a fascinating and heartbreaking examination of human
behavior, based on interviews with Colorado residents. The play
first creates a general world of adolescence and then morphs into
the factual events leading specifically to the school shootings.
Ultimately, "Columbinus" asks more than just "Why?" but perhaps more
importantly, "Why do people treat each other the way they do?"
actors guide the audience into the complex world of adolescence as
they play the stereotypes from any American high school. As the
characters humanize and discover their commonality, the play moves
from fiction to fact as two outsiders become Eric Harris and Dylan
Klebold, the two gunmen who killed fellow classmates and a teacher.
The script uses dialogue taken directly from the killers’ journal
entries, Web postings, videos and other police archives, along with
interviews with Columbine teachers, students and their families.
"Columbinus" was written by Stephen Karam and P.J. Paparelli and
is being directed by Chris Gray, Lincoln College fine arts chairman.
Lincoln College students performing in "Columbinus" are Brianna
Trimble of Danville, who plays the role of the Perfect student; C.J.
Garman of Cahokia, in the role of the Prep student; Mikel Frost of
Lincoln, playing the role of the Coach; Morgan Walton McNeal of
Calumet City, in the role of the Teacher; Zach Williams of Danvers,
in the role of the Freak student; Marjorie White of Lincoln, who
plays the role of the Faith student; Josh Dobkins of Hoopeston, who
plays the role of the AP student, a student in the Advanced
Placement program; John Anderson Jr. of Hinsdale, playing the role
of the Jock student; Tinesheia Howard of Chicago, in the role of the
Rebel student; Leatrice McKay of Chicago, in the role of the Mother;
Pierre Phipps of Chicago, in the role of the Loner student; and Tim
Bell of Park Forest, playing the role of the Manager student.
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Show time is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Feb. 27 and Feb. 28, with a
matinee performance at 2 p.m. March 1.
Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for children and senior
citizens. To reserve tickets, call 217-732-3155, ext. 280, Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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