Manuel Oliver to speak in Tampa at play about high school shootings

Innovocative Theater will host the father of Joaquin "Guac" Oliver. Oliver died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

click to enlarge 'Columbinus,' Innovocative Theatre includes a student from Blake High School's theater program. The play draws on the April, 1999 shooting at Columbine High to look at how a school shooter evolves. - Jeannine Borzello
Jeannine Borzello
'Columbinus,' Innovocative Theatre includes a student from Blake High School's theater program. The play draws on the April, 1999 shooting at Columbine High to look at how a school shooter evolves.

Once upon a time we didn’t forget what the most recent school shooting was. Those times were... well, not exactly nice, but better. Somehow. Or maybe that time was a harbinger of what was to come? Columbinus, the latest play from Innovocative Theatre, looks at what it calls a “watershed” shooting. Fuck that, it was simply horrific. They’re all horrific. Why are they happening? Well, that’s probably something the show will explore. Also of note: the matinée shows have a talkback panel, and the one on Jan. 12 features the father of Joaquin "Guac" Oliver, who died in the Parkland massacre.

Here's a list of the talkbacks happening after each matinee:

Jan. 12: Manuel Oliver, father of unintentional posthumous activist Joaquin "Guac" Oliver and co-founder of changetheref.org; Moms Demand Action; and March For Our Lives.

Jan. 13: Youth activist group Team Enough, the Brady Campaign and March For Our Lives

Jan. 19: National Alliance on Mental Illness Hillsborough, the Tampa Police Department and former school resource officer turned psychotherapist  Jesse Collins.

Jan. 20: Executive director of Safe and Sound Hillsborough Freddy Barton and representatives from Kids Demand Action.  


Columbinus | Innovocative Theatre at Stageworks, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa | Jan. 10 preview; runs Jan. 11-20: Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 3 p.m. | $15-$25 | innovocativetheatre.org

 



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