Saturday, July 9, 2011

Weekend Read: columbinus

If you enjoy the docudrama genre, columbinus by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli is a sure hit. Inspired by the true events of the Columbine High School massacre, columbinus follows the lives of stereotypical high school students' daily lives, mixed in with real accounts of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. The first act of the play allows the audience into the world of Columbine without ever once glorifying the event. This allows us to see the students as individuals. As act two roles around, the actors playing Harris and Klebold transform into those characters, bringing the story to the dark. Karam, now one of the premiere young writers in America, uses language beautifully, never elevating the characters, transforming them into real people. The play is relatible on all levels, mostly because we all remember the tragic events.