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Columbinus Tickets On Sale Now

'Columbinus' performances are coming up in Durham, Carrboro, and Raleigh
Columbinus preview video. (Warning: Adult Content)
From Social Justice Theater of the Carolinas:

"Columbinus" is a play by the United States Theatre Project written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli. We have chosen this play to commemorate the lives lost in Columbine High School and all school shootings. 

This play is important because it deftly unites rather than divides. Instead of focusing on hot-button topics like gun control, columbinus focuses on what we can do to promote conversation around how we treat one another.

Performance tickets will be $10 for general admission, and free to all school employees. School employees are able to reserve a ticket online* as long as you bring your staff ID with you.

Please note that this show has extreme language, adult situations, and violence. No one under 13 will be admitted without a parent.

After each performance, a counselor will lead a community discussion between the actors and the audience about school shootings.
 
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*Please note there is a $0.37 processing fee for all online tickets. Tickets at the door are first come, first served and will not require this fee.
Columbinus Performances

January 26 - Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St, Durham NC
3pm & 6pm


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February 8 - Carrboro Arts Center
300-G E. Main St, Carrboro NC
2pm & 6pm


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March 22 - Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St, Raleigh NC
2pm & 6pm


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From Talk...

How did Social Justice Theater of the Carolinas start?

We were rehearsing Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream.' I expected the usual chaos pitch but as soon as the cast walked on stage, I could tell something was different–no chatty energy, no giggles or silliness. Something was up.​

I looked at one of the actresses that has been with us for years. My eyes must have said, "So, what's going on?" "The shooting" she said. “We were just discussing the shooting." I had been immersed in our little theater all day. I had not heard about Parkland. They filled in the horrific details. We went on with rehearsal. There was work to be done.​

Afterwards, several actors stayed behind. They vented their frustrations and anger. I talked about how I remembered where I was and what I was doing when I heard about Columbine... and how nothing had changed. They shared their memories of Sandy Hook; although they were quite young at the time, they remembered. We talked, cried and went home.

I thought that was the end of it.

The next day while randomly thumbing through a stack of scripts I had ordered years ago, columbinus caught my eye. As I read the riveting script, the Social Justice Theater of the Carolinas was born and columbinus was chosen as our inaugural play.
 

...To Action​

In 2019, we received a grant from Manbites Dog to perform 'columbinus' in 4 larger theatres around the Triangle. We hope you can join us for this important discussion.
Documentary by Elizabeth Plattner ahead of CFTA's first 'columbinus' performances
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