November 06, 2007

The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi) November 1, 2007

Road Theater USA performs a comedy

Special to The Clarion-Ledger

Top line: The transatlantic performance group German Theater Abroad's Road Theater USA brings Roland Schimmelpfennig's Start Up to Millsaps College Saturday.

The troupe's focus is on contemporary drama, international teams and discussion with the audience. Five actors - three German and two American - along with two Austrian video artists and the rest of the team are touring the U.S. from New York to Los Angeles to present Start Up.

The play is an intelligent comedy which deals playfully with German and U.S. stereotypes, pioneer romanticism and cinematic myths, for a comic culture clash.

"Part of the goal for this is to help the dialogue between German and American people right now," said Tim Coker, chairman of Millsaps' department of performing arts.
"It gives us a chance to see how they see us."

- Sherry Lucas

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