Papa liebt Dich

A train that approaches an unknown destination at over 100 km/h, through the dark night under the earth. Nine older women are sitting neatly in a row on a bench on the train. An unnamed female ego sits across from them and mercilessly observes, condemns and dissects. The further the train speeds along, the more painful the memories become. They crumble off the shoals of consciousness for both sides to taunt each other with. They recount the wars they survived, the sexual abuse, the failed paragons of motherhood.

Author Sivan Ben Yishai is celebrated for the linguistic force with which she explodes apparent political certainties. For the Gorki she’s now writing a generation portrait about emancipation from patriarchy.

Premiere: February 16th, 2018

Papa liebt dich is the third piece of the tetralogy Let The Blood Come Out To Show Them by Sivan Ben Yishai and a commissioned work for Maxim Gorki Theater. Performance rights: Suhrkamp Theater. German translation by Maren Kames.

Photo: Esra Rotthoff

Stage Photos: Ute Langkafel

Directed by


Stage and Costume Design


Lighting design

Assistant director


Vernesa Berbo

Stella Hilb

Vidina Popov

Elena Schmidt

Linda Vaher