The Third Man
Other Plays by Roderich Benedix
Benedix, Roderich (aka Julius Roderich Benedix, German playwright, librettist, singer, theatre manager, b. January 21, 1811-d. Leipzig, Germany, September 26, 1873), “The Third Man,”
a __-minute drama in English, translated from the orginal German into English by Barrett Harper Clark, set pre-1920,
© 1915 by Barrett Harper Clark, in public domain;
• in Roderich Benedix’ The Third Man: A Comedy in One Act, translated from the orginal German into English by Barrett Harper Clark (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1915), LCCN 15-19883;
• script/rights available formerly in the catalog of Samuel French, Inc., 25 West 45th Street, New York City, New York 10010-2751, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429; or 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90046-2795, U.S.A., telephone 213-876-0570, fax 213-876-6822; or 80 Richmond Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1P1, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416-363-1108; or Samuel French, Ltd., 52 Fitzroy Street, London W1P 6JR, England, http://samuelfrench.com/store/.
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• Probably out of print and in public domain.
• Research could include Roderich Benedix’ Der Dritte, edited by Marian Parker Whitney (New York: H. Holt and Company, 1895), LCCN 16-2074.
• "Julius Roderich Benedix . . . was . . . born in Leipzig, where he was educated there at Thomasschule. He joined the stage in 1831, his first engagement being with the travelling company of H. E. Bethmann in Dessau, Cöthen, Bernburg and Meiningen. Subsequently he was tenor in several theatres in Westphalia and on the Rhine, and became manager of the theatre at Wesel, where he produced a comedy, Das bemooste Haupt (1841), which met with great success. After an engagement in Cologne, he managed the new theatre at Elberfeld (1844-1845) and in 1849 was appointed teacher on the staff of the Rhenish school of music in Cologne. In 1855 he was appointed intendant of the municipal theatre in Frankfurt-on-Main, but retired in 1861, and died in Leipzig in 1873. Benedix's comedies, the scenes of which are mostly laid in upper middle-class life, still enjoy some popularity; the best-known are: Dr. Wespe; Die Hochzeitsreise; Der Vetter; Das Lügen; Ein Lustspiel; Das Gefängnis; Der Störenfried; Die Dienstboten; Aschenbrödel; and Die zärtlichen Verwandten. The chief characteristics of his farces are a clear plot and bright, easy and natural dialogue. Among his more serious works are: Bilder aus dem Schauspielerleben (Leipzig, 1847); Der mündliche Vortrag (Leipzig, 1859-1860); Das Wesen des deutschen Rhythmus (Leipzig, 1862) and, posthumously, Die Shakespearomanie (1873), in which he attacks the extreme adoration of the British poet. Benedix's Gesammelte dramatische Werke (Collected Dramatic Works) appeared in 27 vols. (Leipzig, 1846-1875); a selection under the title Volkstheater in 20 vols. (Leipzig, 1882); and a collection of smaller comedies as Haustheater in 2 vols. (l0th ed., Leipzig, 1891); see Benedix's autobiography in the Gartenlaube for 1871."—Roderich Benedix - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Roderich_Benedix, accessed July 3, 2008.