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One of the great stories of our days.

From 3 to 5 May 2019, the live radio play “My dream is longer than the night”, which recounts the life of mobility pioneer Bertha Benz, is showing at the Casino in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

The production, which has already enjoyed considerable success at the Studio Theatre in Stuttgart, can be seen at two evening and two family performances on the 170th anniversary of the birthday (3 May) and the 75th anniversary of the death of Bertha Benz (5 May).

Performances at the Studio Theatre Stuttgart, June 2018. Credit Stephan Haase.

Performances at the Studio Theatre Stuttgart, June 2018. Credit: Stephan Haase.

Performances at the Studio Theatre Stuttgart, June 2018. Credit Stephan Haase.

Performances at the Studio Theatre Stuttgart, June 2018. Credit: Stephan Haase.

Programme schedule.

The two family shows are scheduled for 4 May at 2 pm and 5 May at 11 am. Children aged eight and above are invited to participate in the two interactive family shows: they will be able to assist the actors from their seats in the auditorium by producing background noises such as steam hissing and the wind blowing. After each show, there is an opportunity to admire an authentic replica of the Benz patent motorcar in operation outside the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Individual rides can be arranged.

During the two evening performances on 3 May and 4 May at 7.30 pm, the world’s first motorcar will also be playing a role: during the intermission, guests at the live radio play will be able to visit the area called Mythos 1 in the permanent exhibition and see the patent motorcar and Gottlieb Daimler’s motor carriage.

Theatre, reading and traditional radio drama.

A powerful story, minimalist set, imaginatively generated sound effects and powerful oration: a live radio play blends elements of theatre, reading and traditional radio drama to create an exciting stage performance. From 3 to 5 May 2019, acting trio Susanne Theil (Bertha Benz), Martin Bonvicini (Carl Benz) and Boris Rosenberger (multiple roles) will be staging this event, “My dream is longer than the night”, at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

The piece takes the members of the audience back to the late 19th century and involves them in the fascinating life story of mobility pioneer Bertha Benz. 

Stuttgart director and author Günter Maurer has produced this fascinating performance on the basis of the book “My dream is longer than the night. How Bertha Benz powered her husband to world fame” by Angela Elis (published in 2010 by Hoffmann und Campe). 

Tickets for the live radio play cost 14 euros for adults (reduced 7 euros) and admission is free for children up to and including the age of 14. All the tickets for the live audio play also entitle the holder to visit the Mercedes-Benz Museum on the same day, which is open until 7.30 pm. 

From 3 to 5 May 2019, the live radio play “My dream is longer than the night”, which recounts the life of mobility pioneer Bertha Benz, is showing at the Casino in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Copyright: Sadifa Media Verlagsgesellschaft, Kehl.

Background of the story.

This motorcar pioneer is born on 3 May 1849 in Pforzheim as Bertha Ringer. At the age of 23, she marries Carl Benz and soon becomes a crucial supporter of his professional activities. After the invention of the automobile in 1886, Bertha realises that this groundbreaking innovation lacks, among other things, a good public relations approach. Initially, people are sceptical about the new means of transport.

In August 1888, Bertha Benz resolves to drive from Mannheim to Pforzheim with the later development of the patent motorcar, the Model 3. In doing so, she demonstrates how reliable and simple the operation of the vehicle is and that it can cover a considerable distance. This trip brings Bertha Benz worldwide fame. She dies on 5 May 1944, two days after her 95th birthday. The life of the mobility pioneer is one of the great stories of our day.

The actors of the live audio play.

Susanne Theil.

Susanne Theil completed her drama training at the Freiburg drama academy in the E-Werk theatre. Since 2010, she has been working as a freelance actress and is a regular dubbing artist for SWR and other radio stations.

“To be allowed to play a woman like Bertha Benz is a real honour. She is strong-willed, fearless, emancipated, energetic and enterprising – yet absolutely modern and ahead of her time. I am impressed by the strength with which this mother of several children is the driving force behind, or better said beside, mostly even in front of, her husband. Every time I experience this blend of acting and oration coupled with the imaginatively generated sound effects that draw the audience into the history of the Benz family, it inspires me anew.”

Susanne Theil.
Martin Bonvicini.

Credit: Jan Merkle.

Martin Bonvicini.

Martin Bonvicini completed his acting training at the Academy of Performing Arts in Ulm in 2012. Since 2014, he has been working freelance and, to a large extent, as a narrator.

“What fascinates me about ‘My dream is longer than the night’ is above all the frequent interchange between dramatic and technical, between characters and narrative parts. Often we do several things at once – that’s quite a challenge and great fun.”

Boris Rosenberger.

Boris Rosenberger learnt his acting skills in Stuttgart. In addition to his stage work as a freelance actor, he has also appeared in television productions, directed a musical production with children and holds acting workshops.

“To make the life of Bertha and Carl Benz so real and tangible in a live radio play and slipping into so many different roles in doing so has become a great experience for myself. Presenting this now in the Mercedes-Benz Museum, at the birthplace of mobility, as it were, and to involve the audience in such fun, is my personal dream, which, by the way, also lasts longer than the night.”

Boris Rosenberger.
Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

Product may vary after press date on 04.02.2019.

1 Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

2 Die angegebenen Werte sind die „gemessenen NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 2 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153, die im Einklang mit Anhang XII der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 692/2008 ermittelt wurden. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Aufgrund gesetzlicher Änderungen der maßgeblichen Prüfverfahren können in der für die Fahrzeugzulassung und ggf. Kfz-Steuer maßgeblichen Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung des Fahrzeugs höhere Werte eingetragen sein. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch und die CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

4 Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.

6 Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.