DIE WELT COMMENTARY
The Bad German
“I want to remain German – though it’s not as if I have ever had any choice”, Hölderin wrote
to his friend Böhlendorff on December 4, 1801, “even if heartache or starvation were to
drive me to Otahaiti”. However, the very same Friedrich Hölderin noted in his epistolary
novel “Hyperion” that the Germans “have always been barbarians, and have become even
more barbaric through hard work, science, and even religion”. So which is true?
Both, naturally. It follows that Tessa Keimes too, must remain a German – whether she
wants to or not. Tessa Keimes is very much the blonde-haired, blue-eyed actress from
Cologne, Germany, who, starved of her passion, had been driven to New York. Cinema
lovers might know her from the thriller “The Good...Read More
Written and performed by Tessa Kim; Directed by Sarah Wansley
Off Off Broadway, Solo Show
Runs through 8.28.15
VENUE #4: Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd floor
by Shoshana Roberts on 8.22.15
Tessa Kim in The Bad German: A Solo Show about Identity, Guilt, and the Wurst in All of Us.
BOTTOM LINE: Tessa has to get over her German guilt when she moves to New York.
How much do you know about where you come from? How much have you actually learned about your grandparents? Tessa Kim is from Germany and has reason to believe that one of her grandparents was a Nazi...Read More