6th International Monodrama Festival THESPIS
07.-14.11.2008 Kiel GERMANY


Thursday, 13.11. | 20:30 | Pumpe

written and performed by Peter Aterman

"Slaves of Starbucks" is a satirical comedy about the decline of Europe and the rise of America. The play takes the form of an imaginary air travel, and begins with a pilot waxing nostalgic for the “free consciousness” of the 1960s. It then takes the audience on an imaginative journey through the Golden Age of mass culture: from JFK pitching for liberty and Chevrolet, to tourists in St. Peter’s wondering if they’re in Paris or Rome; from Aztec priests running the Wall Street, to the Vice President of the World Association of Mini-Shampoo Collectors; and from pop stars who confuse Andrew Lloyd Weber with Hitler, to a helpless everyman confronting the true horror of shopping malls.
Writer/actor Peter Aterman plays all 19 characters in an unflinchingly dark comedy that ruthlessly mines the absurdities of modern life for ironic effect. And while the piece is shot through with black humour and savage comment on popular culture, it finishes on an elegiac note, reminding the audience of the terrible darkness through which we emerged into our current freedom.

Winner of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, Golden Cockerel Award (Best Show at Hill Street Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe), Tapwater Award (Best Theatre Comedy, Edinburgh Fringe), and Spirit of the Fringe Award, Edinburgh Fringe.

Directed by Christopher Caines

In co-operation with Universal Arts, Edinburgh

language: English | length: 90 minutes | German premiere