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myths and facts – the culture of the columbine shooting

Columbine Photo - From the Cafeteria

Dylan and Eric in the Columbine cafeteria on the   day of the shooting – April 20, 1999

Hello bloggers!

Last week, we went into detail about the process of writing and selecting the play columbinus. This week, we’re going to attempt to dispel some of the rumors surrounding the Columbine Massacre itself.

I would like to note before we proceed – most of my dramaturgical background comes from two sources – the play itself and Columbine by Dave Cullen. Dave Cullen is a reporter who has worked with Salon, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He is one of the few reporters who has covered the Columbine Shooting since the beginning. His book offers a magnificent look at the Columbine Shooting and it also serves well as an examination of the culture that breeds these events. If you’re interested in an even deeper look into the aftermath of the Columbine Shootings, I definitely recommend checking that out.

The New York Times Report from April 21, 1999 (the day after the Columbine Shooting) reported that two young men, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, shot and killed 20 people, while injuring another 24. The New York Times continued, saying that Dylan and Eric were targeting jocks and popular kids in particular. The New York Times and other news sources concluded that Eric and Dylan were apart of the “Trench Coat Mafia,” a group of counter-culture individuals who wore trench coats, listened exclusively to Marilyn Manson and Rammstein and were intent on starting massacres against “popular” students throughout the United States. Other news outlets reported that there were as many as 4 shooters, that the shootings went on for hours, and other pieces of speculative information that turned out to be either amalgamations of a combination of reports or rumors started by members of the school and Littleton, CO community. Read more

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SHE LOVES ME: A Marvelous Musical in the Making


In the musical She Loves Me, no one is sure how to recognize love at first glance. Some characters realize the love they thought they had was a mere illusion, while others find that their contentious relationship was really love the whole time. But don’t worry – just because there may be no such thing as love at first sight for the people in this story doesn’t mean that will be the case for you, the audience member. It’s hard not to fall in love with She Loves Me right away, as the numerous musical and film adaptations of this story attest.

Why does this story remain so popular? This was just one of the questions we asked Director Sarah Gabel, who is hard at work preparing to bring this show to the Loyola stage in just a few weeks. Check out our exclusive interview with her to find out more about the appeal of this show, and how Loyola’s actors will bring it to life. Prepare to get excited about She Loves Me – or maybe even fall in love with it at first glimpse.  

She Loves Me opens April 15th in the Newhart Family Theatre. It will run through April 24, with performances at 7:30PM Thursdays- Saturdays, and at 2:00PM on Sundays. Discounted tickets are also available for the preview of the show on April 14. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please click here.

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welcome to columbinus

First Rehearsal - P/C Montana Bruns

First Rehearsal – P/C Montana Bruns

Hello, community!

My name is Kyle J McCloskey. I am the Director of Loyola’s upcoming Second Stage show, columbinus. I’m excited to have been given the opportunity to present a series of blog posts surrounding the play, events, and themes of columbinus before we open in late April.

The first question you’re probably wondering is: why would anyone want to do a play about the Columbine Massacre?

This play, first and foremost, tries to paint a holistic picture of the circumstances leading up to the massacre, as well as try to shine a light on the structure and foibles of high school life in America. PJ Paparelli, one of the original writers and directors of columbinus, refers to the play as “a theatrical discussion.” That discussion, about the nature of anxiety, depression, violence, youth, bullying, guns, mental health, and so much more, is what initially drew me to the play.

Paparelli and his collaborator, Stephen Karam (The Humans, Sons of the Prophet, Speech and Debate) were highly influenced by Bertolt Brecht and the Epic Theatre. Brecht’s aesthetic and mission was to look at society on the whole and how the choices we make or leave define who we are. Brecht’s theatre was that of a theatre of understanding and teaching. It Brecht’s Epic Theatre, rather then asserting preconceived notions of why we think something happened, we are expected to spectate and examine a more holistic explanation as to why something happened. From there, we are expected to be driven to action and to hold discourse on the events and the state of the society that unfolded before us. The hope of Epic Theatre is to bring that discussion into our own society and incite change. Read more

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