There’s Never a Dry Eye in the House: Theater InCognito Performs Pension Schöller

Theater InCognito at the University of Bremen invites you to the premiere on Wednesday, July 2, 2022, at 8 p.m. in the theater on campus. The play “Pension Schöller” will be performed, a farce by the comedy authors Wilhelm Jacoby and Carl Laufs, which premiered in Berlin in 1890.

Together with students of the University of Bremen, Theater InCognito, directed by Franz Eggstein and Roland Klahr, stages the well-known comedy. In this production, the story is set in the 1920s after a linguistic revision by Peter Siefert.

What’s it about?

Capitalist Philipp Klapproth (Lukas Warnecke), who is not taking retirement well, is on a constant search for thrills and new sensations. In the process, he develops a strong wish to observe and experience the residents of a mental institution at first hand. His constantly cash-strapped nephew Alfred (Tarja Spiekermann) senses a financial opportunity; together with his ex-girlfriend Fritzi (Lina Kölling), the airhead invites his uncle to a soiree at Pension Schöller.

Mr. Schöller’s eccentric guests (Maic Wrehde) unknowingly become the perfect “patients”: in particular, the writer Fräulein Krüger (Lilian Kiefel), the lion hunter Bernhardy (Niklas Weise), the retired major Gröber (Andreas Scharfenort), and the drama student Eugenia Rümpel (Celine Leu). But at the latest with the appearance of Klapproth’s suspicious sister Amalie (Jamie Glasbrenner) and Schöller’s eternally pandering sister-in-law Ida (Anna Mackrodt), the entertaining mischief takes its course!

“Even more than 130 years after its premiere, Pension Schöller offers theatrical fun from the first minute all the way to the last. There’s never a dry eye in the house. With lots of slapstick, dance, and music, our actors and actresses bring the lovable characters to life,” says Eggstein.

Following the premiere, further performances will take place on July 2, 6, 7, and 8 – always at 8 p.m. in the campus theater at the University of Bremen. Tickets cost either 7 or 11 euros, depending on personal preference. Prior reservations are recommended.

About Theater InCognito

The path of Theater InCognito began in 2010, initially as a university theater group. Franz Eggstein and Roland Klahr had previously begun to establish a theater seminar for students. Their project turned out to be a success and they managed to inspire many students to take the stage. But over the years, the projects of the seminar entitled “Praktische Theaterarbeit” (Practical theater work) became more and more extensive. And so the founding of the Theater InCognito association provided the perfect framework to organize and manage these large projects. More information about TIC, the university seminar, and past and current projects can be found on the TIC website:


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Franz Josef Eggstein

University of Bremen 

Studierende sind in Posen auf der Bühne zu sehen
Final scene of Act Two: With lots of slapstick, dance, and music, the actors and actresses bring the lovable characters to life