Start Up

Roland Schimmelpfennig, GTA'S Road Theater USA

10/16/2007 - 10/16/2007

GTA’s Road Theater USA presentation of “Start Up” at SPACE.

Once-in-Lifetime chance to experience play by Roland Schimmelpfennig, Germany’s foremost contemporary playwright. GTA’s Road Theater USA embarks on a hilarious theatrical adventure ­ or misadventure ­as five actors (three German and two from the U.S.), two Austrian video artists and the GTA team go cross-country in a tricked out school bus, traveling from New York to Los Angeles in search of the “American Dream” and touring the world premiere of “Start Up”, a dark comedy written specifically for GTA by Roland Schimmelpfennig. In “Start Up”, an assorted crew of merry pranksters come up with what they believe is their million-euro idea: to sell German culture to Americans ­ which is of course the exact same thing that GTA is doing as it travels across the country presenting this fast-paced farce. A video team documents and mines the video material collected up to the point live during each performance where it is projected on set. This always new and expanding dramatic “Road Journal” will interact with the production of the play “Start Up” as background and stage design. The audience is treated an ever-changing performance event, a combination of the filmed “reality” of the tour and the theatrical “fiction” of the Schimmelpfennig play. The trip will take the troupe from New York through 24 cities in the U.S. – including Edmonton, Kentucky, Las Vegas, El Paso, Death Valley Junction ­ until they reach Los Angeles on the Pacific Ocean.