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Open rehearsal of You Cant Get Lost in America by Cory Tamler with Simon Karrer as the Raven and Mary Heyne as the Squirrel

Open rehearsal of You Can't Get Lost in America by Cory Tamler with Simon Karrer as the Raven and Mary Heyne as the Squirrel

German and American theater students collaborate and collide on a pair of plays.

By Andrea Bullard, Pittsburgh City Paper

Yinzerspielen is not a real German word. It’s one of many English-German hybrids born from a theatrical collaboration between University of Pittsburgh and University of Augsburg drama students. And it’s what they’re calling their cross-cultural festival Sept. 9-13, featuring the plays You Can’t Get Lost in America and Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

“We like to joke that nobody’s English or German gets any better,” says festival co-director Cory Tamler. “Both languages get worse. They’ve become this conglomeration of half-phrases that no one understands but us.”

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