The road to heaven leads through hell

Strange things happen at HOTEL PARADISO, a time-honoured mountain resort kept alive with some difficulty by an old lady and her family. While a mineral spring promises relief from physical and mental pain and the hotel proudly boasts four stars, dark clouds are nevertheless gathering in the bright sky. The son dreams of his great love while fighting his sister in his effort to gain control of the hotel. Meanwhile, the maid is in the habit of stealing the hotel guests' valuables, and the cook chops up much more than just pork...

A first corpse turns up causing all the hotel's staff and guests to get mixed up in a turmoil of fatal events. Dark abysses open up between the dizzy heights, threatening to devour all of the protagonists. The hotel's decline seems to be inevitable, since corpses are always bad for business...

This is a dramatic nightmare steeped in black humour with a hint of melancholy, the most vicious and mysterious play hitherto staged by Familie Flöz.


At the end of a performance one could swear that the actors had spoken, laughed and cried. A fascinating experiment in theater that is executed with incredible body control. (...) One of the most peculiar theatre project of our times. (...) Familie Flöz tells stories with a humor, a charm and a furor that seems to be addictive.


Wordless and yet somehow so expressive, full of yearning and yet also filled with joy; this is splendid and immensely skillful character comedy.


Their masks astonish from the word go at how happiness, disappointment and confusion and every little thing in between can be communicated with gestures (...) No words! Just applause!


The public squeals with enthusiasm, people stomp their feet and, when it is all over, they stand on their chairs as if thanking the performers for the gift they have just received. Theater can be magnificent.


July 2024


A PRODUCTION BYFamilie Flöz, Theater Duisburg, Theaterhaus Stuttgart

A PLAY BY Sebastian Kautz, Anna Kistel, Thomas Rascher, Frederik Rohn, Hajo Schüler, Michael Vogel und Nicolas Witte

WITH Anna Kistel/Marina Rodriguez Llorente/Melanie Schmidli, Matteo Fantoni/Sebastian Kautz, Daniel Matheus/Frederik Rohn, Fabian Baumgarten/Thomas Rascher/Nicolas Witte
PREMIERE 19th April 2008, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Germany
DIRECTION Michael Vogel
MASKS Thomas Rascher, Hajo Schüler
SET DESIGN Michael Ottopal
COSTUMES Eliseu R. Weide
SOUND DESIGN Dirk Schröder
LIGHT DESIGN Reinhard Hubert
SOUND Florian Mönks, Thomas Wacker
LIGHTNING Sylvain Faye, Max Rux
GRAPHICS Silke Meyer
ASSISTANCE Stefan Lochau