Spotlight on Lee Falk - Other writings - Eris

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Lee Falk wrote[1] "Eris" in 1964, and copyrighted "Eris" (The Night People) in 1971 [2].


On a dark bridge at the darkest part of night two men meet. The two men are strangers but yet bound to each other. Dark plans are afoot. They are in the Temple of Eris, and she demands a sacrifice.



  • On a high bridge over a big river that borders a city


  • The present, late at night


  • The Man
  • The Policeman
  • The Stranger
  • The Second Man


Lee Falk told[3] that when Alain Resnais was in NY to confering with him on the [June exibit], Resnais learned that Falk had just finished writing "Eris". Resnais took the script back to Paris with him, and put into motion theatrical wheels that resulted in the production at Théâtre La Bruyère.

Lee Falk was not able to be present for rehersals nor any of the performances, but he could read reviews from the Paris press:

  • "L'Aurore", Gilbert Guillminault: "With Eris, Falk asserts himself as one of the masters of the theatre of ambiguity and uneasiness -along with Pinter, Albee, Schisgal..."
  • "Le Figaro", Jean-Jacques Gautier: "..admirably composed to creat an almost unbearable state of tension..."
  • "Paris Semaine: ".. It was, therefore, a very plesant surprise to find, in seeing "Eris" that he is a real dramatist."
  • "Le Monde", Bertrand Poirot-Delpech: "..The mixture of pathetic and absurd, perfectly rendered by Chris Marker, testifies to the symbolic and scenic virtues of the genre."

Théâtre La Bruyère

On November 30, 1966 "Théâtre La Bruyère" (Paris, France) staged "Mêlées et démêlées" by Eugène Ionesco. The play was directed by Georges Vitaly with settings by Auguste Pace, and Marc Orcel as show assistant. Cast: Michel Barcet, Max Vialle, Michel Galabru, Nicole Guéden, Jean Marie Serreau, Toto Bissainthe, Danielle Van Bercheycke, Christian Bouillette and Claude Génia.

At the same program was also Lee Falk's "Eris - Les gens de la nuit". It was adapted into French by Chris Marker and with cast: Michel Galabru, Max Vialle.

The last performance was on January 1, 1967.

Toneelgroep Theater

On January 12, 1969 "Eris" was first staged at Theater aan de Rijn, Arnhem in Arnhem, Netherlands. It was adapted into Dutch by Karel Muller and directed by Ab Abspoel. Cast: René Lobo and Bernhard Droog. The last performance was on February 2, 1969.

Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique

The students of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (Paris, France) presented[4] "Eris" in a staging by Jean-Pol Brissart and with settings by Dominique Deschamps. The performance was at "Sall des Conservatoires" (2 bis, rue du Conservatoire 9e) on Tuesday 23 January at 8.30 p.m. and Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 at 6 p.m., 1973.


by American Theatre Company (?).


The Fond du Lac Community Theatre at the Upper Midwest at the national Festival of American Community Theatre in Memphis (Tenn, July 26-29). A benefit performance was hold July 14 at the Goodrich High School Little Theatre in Fond du Lac. [5]


  1. Caplan Lois (1964), "The Phantom' Returns", St. Louis Jewish Light (St. Louis, Missouri), August 19 1964, p 1, 15
  2. Falk Lee, "Eris and Home at Six", Dramatists Play Service Inc. 1971, p 2
  3. Murphy Patricia, "The Toast of Paris, France: Mandrake's Master, Mr. Lee Falk", Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan), 04 Jun 1967, p 184
  4. Combat le journal de Paris, January 12, 1973 p 11
  5. "Players to attend festival", Oshkosh Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin), 16 Jun 1979, p 28