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Sept 17 - 29, 2013

In Littleton, Colorado, in 1999, two teenagers devastated a community and shocked the country when they walked into their suburban high school and killed 12 students and one teacher. Based on interviews with teenagers across the country, as well as with the survivors and community members in Littleton, this poignant drama weaves together these testimonies with excerpts from diaries and home video footage to bring to light the dark recesses of American adolescence. Director PJ Paparelli returns to Littleton, CO ten years later to conduct new interviews and add additional material to this gut-wrenching and highly theatrical production. Without answering, columbinus lays out the circumstances and lets the audience grapple with the ultimate question: “why?”

“remarkable artistic achievement…you don’t want to miss” —Chicago Tribune


American Theater Company is an ensemble of artists committed to producing new and classic American stories that ask the question: "What does it mean to be an American?" They provide an intimate home for the community to experience meaningful stories by fostering a nurturing environment for artists to take risks and create essential work. ATC produces Chicago's most innovative work by nationally renowned, Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwrights within an intimate 107-seat space that is truly Chicago's public theatre, a home for diverse audiences.


Beatrice Sarah Agnew
Brighella/Porter Liam Craig
Truffaldino Steven Epp
Pantalone Allen Gilmore
Waiter David Hanbury
Silvio Chivas Michael
Florindo Randy Reyes
Il Dottore Don Darryl Rivera
Waiter Luverne Seifert
Clarice Adina Verson
Smeraldina Liz Wisan


Written by Carlo Goldoni
Adapted by Constance Congdon
From A Translation by Christina Sibul
Further Adapted by Steven Epp and Christopher Bayes
Director Christopher Bayes
Set Designer Katherine Akiko Day
Costume Designer Valérie Thérèse Bart
Lighting Designer Chuan-Chi Chan
Music Composer Christopher Curtis and Aaron Halva
Sound Designer Charles Coes and Nathan Roberts


  • Location: The Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre at the Emerson/Paramount Center
  • By: the United States Theatre Project
  • Written by: Stephen Karam & PJ Paparelli
  • Dramaturgy by: Patricia Hersch
  • Conceived and Directed by: PJ Paparelli
  • Series: Pioneer
  • Ages: 14+
  • Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes with two intermissions