Edward Einhorn

Edward Einhorn (born September 6, 1970) is an American playwright, theater director, and novelist, noted for the comic absurdism of his drama and the imaginative richness of his literary works.

A native of Westfield, New Jersey, Einhorn graduated from Westfield High School, where he was an editor of the student newspaper Hi's Eye.[1] He attended Johns Hopkins University. In 1992 he started the Untitled Theater Company #61 in New York (co-founded with his older brother David Einhorn, who has produced plays for the company). With that company, Edward Einhorn has directed T. S. Eliot's Sweeney Agonistes, Eugène Ionesco's The Bald Soprano, Dennis Potter's Brimstone and Treacle, and Richard Foreman's My Head Was a Sledgehammer among other works. He has staged a festival of the complete plays of Eugène Ionesco, a festival of the complete plays of Václav Havel, a calypso musical adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, an adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,[2] and a "NEUROfest" of plays on aspects of neurology. Off-Broadway, he directed Fairy Tales of the Absurd, a trilogy of one-act plays, two by Ionesco and one (One Head Too Many) by himself.[3] Other adaptations include The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula Le Guin[4] and City of Glass, by Paul Auster[5]

As playwright, Einhorn has composed one-act and full-length plays, and is known for an absurd comic style. Perhaps his best known play is The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein,[6] a farce set at a fantasy marriage between Stein and Toklas. Other work includes dramas on Jewish legends[7] and a series of plays on neurological conditions — The Boy Who Wanted to be a Robot (on Asperger syndrome), The Taste of Blue, (on synesthesia), Strangers (on Korsakov's syndrome), and Linguish (on aphasia). He has adapted Lysistrata and Iphigenia in Aulis for modern audiences.[8] He has also written a few plays on Czech subjects, such as Rudolf II (based on the 16th century Emperor who lived in Prague), and The Velvet Oratorio (a Vaněk play staged at Lincoln Center and based on the events of the Velvet Revolution).[9] His most personal play, Drs. Jane and Alexander, is a found text piece about his mother and his grandfather, Alexander Wiener, who discovered the Rh factor in blood.

He has written two Oz novels, Paradox in Oz[10] and The Living House of Oz[11] (both illustrated by Eric Shanower), as well as a number of short stories. He has also written two picture books on mathematical subjects for young readers: A Very Improbable Story,[12] on the subject of probability, and Fractions in Disguise, on the subject of fractions.[13] A number of his plays have also been published, including his Hanukkah drama, Playing Dreidel with Judah Maccabee [14]

In 2011, he authored the first English language translation of Václav Havel's final play, The Pig, or Václav Havel's Hunt for a Pig,[15][16] as well as Havel's one-act, Ela, Hela, and the Hitch. Both were published, as part of Theater 61 Press' Havel Collection. Einhorn also wrote the introductions to all the books in the Havel Collection.[17]

In 2014 and 2015, he created and produced the show Money Lab, an economic vaudeville, produced at HERE Arts Center in Manhattan and The Brick in Brooklyn.[18][19]


  1. ^ Staff. "Former Westfielder Publishes First Novel, '‘Paradox in Oz'’", The Westfield Leader, February 3, 2000. Accessed March 5, 2011.
  2. ^ A Test for Humanity in a Postapocalyptic World, The New York Times, December 3, 2010.
  3. ^ Lunar Voyage On Wings Of Whimsy, The New York Times, June 18, 2003,
  4. ^ Theatermania review, Lathe of Heaven
  5. ^ Carol Mann Agency blog
  6. ^ New York Times review, The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
  7. ^ Edward Einhorn, The Golem, Methuselah, and Shylock: Plays by Edward Einhorn, New York, Theater 61 Press, 2005.
  8. ^ Script of Lysistrata
  9. ^ A Revolution Set to Music, Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2009
  10. ^ Edward Einhorn, Paradox in Oz, San Diego, Hungry Tiger Press, 1999.
  11. ^ Edward Einhorn, The Living House of Oz, San Diego, Hungry Tiger Press, 2005.
  12. ^ Edward Einhorn, A Very Improbable Story, Watertown, MA, Charlesbridge Press, 2008.
  13. ^ Kirkus review
  14. ^ Midwest book review, Playing Dreidel
  15. ^ Backstage review, The Pig
  16. ^ New York Times review, The Pig
  17. ^ Theater 61 Press
  18. ^ Village Voice review, Money Lab
  19. ^ blogcritics review, Money Lab

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (retitled Blade Runner: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? in some later printings) is a science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick, first published in 1968. The novel is set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco, where Earth's life has been greatly damaged by nuclear global war. Most animal species are endangered or extinct from extreme radiation poisoning, so that owning an animal is now a sign of status and empathy, an attitude encouraged towards animals. The book served as the primary basis for the 1982 film Blade Runner, and many elements and themes from it were used in its 2017 sequel Blade Runner 2049.

The main plot follows Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter who is tasked with "retiring" (i.e. killing) six escaped Nexus-6 model androids, while a secondary plot follows John Isidore, a man of sub-par IQ who aids the fugitive androids. In connection with Deckard's mission, the novel explores the issue of what it is to be human and whether empathy is a purely human ability.


Einhorn is German for unicorn. It is also used as a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Tony das Genie (2020-2021), Drogendealer, Kauft DMT (Novocain)

David Einhorn (rabbi)

David Einhorn (hedge fund manager)

Eddie Einhorn, a part owner of the Chicago White Sox baseball team

Edward Einhorn, children's author, director and playwright

Ephraim Einhorn, sole rabbi of Taiwan

Ira Einhorn, also known as the "Unicorn Killer"

Jerzy Einhorn, oncologist and politician, Holocaust survivor

Jessica Einhorn

Joseph Einhorn

Lawrence Einhorn

Martin B. Einhorn (born 1942), American theoretical physicist

Nathan Einhorn

Paul Einhorn

Randall Einhorn

Richard Einhorn, American composer

Trevor Einhorn, American actor

Ela, Hela and The Hitch

Ela, Hela, and the Hitch is a play by Václav Havel. The play was written for the Artistic Director of the Theatre on the Balustrade, Ivan Vyskočil, as part of a longer evening, entitled Hitchhiking. Along with Ela, Hela, and the Hitch, Havel also wrote a sketch called Motormorphosis. Reportedly, Vyskočil altered Havel’s sketches for the performance, though the original text was discovered by a Czech theater scholar, Lenka Jungmannová. Motormorphosis, in a translation by Carol Rocamora, was performed at the Havel Festival in 2006, a world premiere of the text as written. Ela, Hela, and the Hitch premiered in an English translation by Edward Einhorn following a revival of Motormorphosis at New York’s Bohemian National Hall in 2011.

Eric Shanower

Eric James Shanower (born October 23, 1963) is an American cartoonist, best known for his Oz novels and comics and the ongoing retelling of the Trojan War as Age of Bronze.

Iphigenia in Aulis

Iphigenia in Aulis or at Aulis (Ancient Greek: Ἰφιγένεια ἐν Αὐλίδι, Iphigeneia en Aulidi; variously translated, including the Latin Iphigenia in Aulide) is the last of the extant works by the playwright Euripides. Written between 408, after Orestes, and 406 BC, the year of Euripides' death, the play was first produced the following year in a trilogy with The Bacchae and Alcmaeon in Corinth by his son or nephew, Euripides the Younger, and won the first place at the Athenian city Dionysia.

The play revolves around Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek coalition before and during the Trojan War, and his decision to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to appease the goddess Artemis and allow his troops to set sail to preserve their honour in battle against Troy. The conflict between Agamemnon and Achilles over the fate of the young woman presages a similar conflict between the two at the beginning of the Iliad. In his depiction of the experiences of the main characters, Euripides frequently uses tragic irony for dramatic effect.

Judas Maccabeus

Judah Maccabee (or Judas Maccabeus, also spelled Machabeus, or Maccabaeus, Hebrew: יהודה המכבי, Yehudah ha-Makabi) was a Jewish priest (kohen) and a son of the priest Mattathias. He led the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire (167–160 BCE).

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah ("Dedication") commemorates the restoration of Jewish worship at the temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE, after Judah Maccabeus removed all of the statues depicting Greek gods and goddesses and purified it.

List of Jewish American playwrights

This is a list of famous Jewish American playwrights. For other famous Jewish Americans, see List of Jewish Americans.


Lysistrata ( or ; Attic Greek: Λυσιστράτη, Lysistrátē, "Army Disbander") is an ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes, originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC. It is a comic account of a woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War between Greek city states by denying all the men of the land any sex, which was the only thing they truly and deeply desired. Lysistrata persuades the women of the warring cities to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace—a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes.

The play is notable for being an early exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society. Additionally, its dramatic structure represents a shift from the conventions of Old Comedy, a trend typical of the author's career. It was produced in the same year as the Thesmophoriazusae, another play with a focus on gender-based issues, just two years after Athens' catastrophic defeat in the Sicilian Expedition. At this time, Greek theatre was a profound form of entertainment, which was extremely popular for all audiences as it addressed political issues relevant to that time.


Nytheatre.com was a theatre information and review website founded in 1997. It ended operations in 2017. It was dedicated to reviewing and promoting indie theater in New York City, New York.

Oz-story Magazine

Oz-story Magazine was an annual periodical devoted to the literature and art of Oz, the fantasy land created by L. Frank Baum. It was published in six volumes between 1995 and 2000.

Oz-story was published by Hungry Tiger Press, and edited by David Maxine; he was assisted by Eric Shanower, who was responsible for a significant share of the artwork in the volumes. Oz-story printed a variety of Oz-related features and illustrations, by writers and artists closely associated with the Oz mythos — Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson, W. W. Denslow, John R. Neill, Jack Snow, Rachel Cosgrove Payes, and many others — including modern contemporaries like Shanower and Edward Einhorn.

The most notable single work in the six volumes of Oz-story was arguably Eloise Jarvis McGraw's novel The Rundelstone of Oz, never previously published, which appeared in the sixth and final volume. Rare Baum novels were reprinted in Oz-story:

Sam Steele's Adventures on Land and Sea in No. 1

Policeman Bluejay in No. 2

The Flying Girl in No. 3

Daughters of Destiny in No. 4

The Woggle-Bug Book in No. 5

Annabel in No. 6.Oz-story generally earned high praise from critics and reviewers during its limited existence.

Paradox in Oz

Paradox in Oz is a 1999 novel written by Edward Einhorn. As its title indicates, the book is an entry in the series of books about the Land of Oz written by L. Frank Baum and a host of successors.

Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor

Rudolf II (18 July 1552 – 20 January 1612) was Holy Roman Emperor (1576–1612), King of Hungary and Croatia (as Rudolf I, 1572–1608), King of Bohemia (1575–1608/1611) and Archduke of Austria (1576–1608). He was a member of the House of Habsburg.

Rudolf's legacy has traditionally been viewed in three ways: an ineffectual ruler whose mistakes led directly to the Thirty Years' War; a great and influential patron of Northern Mannerist art; and an intellectual devotee of occult arts and learning which helped seed what would be called the scientific revolution.

Sacred Fools Theater Company

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The Iron Heel

The Iron Heel is a dystopian novel by American writer Jack London, first published in 1907.

Generally considered to be "the earliest of the modern dystopian" fiction, it chronicles the rise of an oligarchic tyranny in the United States. It is arguably the novel in which Jack London's socialist views are most explicitly on display. A forerunner of soft science fiction novels and stories of the 1960s and '70s, the book stresses future changes in society and politics while paying much less attention to technological changes.The book is unusual among London's writings (and in the literature of the time in general) in being a first-person narrative of a woman protagonist written by a man. Much of the narrative is set in the San Francisco Bay Area, including events in San Francisco and Sonoma County.

The Lathe of Heaven

The Lathe of Heaven is a 1971 science fiction novel by American writer Ursula K. Le Guin. The plot revolves around a character whose dreams alter past and present reality. The story was first serialized in the American science fiction magazine Amazing Stories. The novel received nominations for the 1972 Hugo and the 1971 Nebula Award, and won the Locus Award for Best Novel in 1972. Two television film adaptations have been released: the PBS production, The Lathe of Heaven (1980), and Lathe of Heaven (2002), a remake produced by the A&E Network.

The New York Trilogy

The New York Trilogy is a series of novels by Paul Auster. Originally published sequentially as City of Glass (1985), Ghosts (1986) and The Locked Room (1986), it has since been collected into a single volume.

The Pig, or Václav Havel's Hunt for a Pig

The Pig, or Václav Havel's Hunt for a Pig is the final work by Václav Havel, co-authored by Vladimír Morávek. The English translation is by Edward Einhorn . Originally a short dialogue from 1987 (entitled simply The Pig) and printed in a samizdat, the piece is a comic (and true) story of Václav Havel’s efforts to hold a pig roast for his friends.

In 2010, Morávek rediscovered the dialogue and decided to stage it. He began by giving lines to characters only mentioned in passing, but then made a more radical choice: he added sections from one of the most beloved Czech works, The Bartered Bride. This new version was the centerpiece of a theater festival in Brno that June.

The English translation was performed at the 3LD Art & Technology Center in New York as part of the Ohio Theater's Ice Factory It was later published by Theater 61 Press. It was remounted in 2014 at 3LD Art + Technology Center.The cast and production team of this play consisted of the following:


Director - Henry Akona

Choreographer - Patrice Miller

Stage Manager - Elizabeth Irwin

Assistant Musical Director - Melissa Elledge

Assistant Director - Joe Pilowski

Dramaturg - Karen Lee Ott

Set Designer - Jane Stein

Lighting Designer - Jeff Nash

Costume Designer - Carla Gant

Projection Designers - Kate Freer & David Tennet

Sound Operator - Will Campbell

Band Coordinator - Yvonne RoenCAST

American Journalist - Katherine Boynton

Accordion - Melissa Elledge

Ensemble - Elizabeth Figols-Galagarza

Kešot/Ensemble - John Gallop III

Camera Op - Andrew Goldsmith

Havel - Robert Honeywell

Fanda/Choral Leader/Trombone - Michael Hopewell

Violin - Amanda Lo

Cello - Michael Midlarsky

Tap Master's Wife/Ensemble/Clarinet - Jenny Lee Mitchell

Grip - Mateo Moreno

Tomačka/Ensemble/Violin - Phoebe Silva

Soprano Soloist/Ensemble - Moira Stone

Tenor Soloist/Ensemble - Terrence Stone

Tap Master/Ensemble - Michael Whitney

Olga/Ensemble/Flute - Sandy York

Westfield, New Jersey

Westfield is a town in Union County of New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 30,316, reflecting an increase of 672 (+2.3%) from the 29,644 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 774 (+2.7%) from the 28,870 counted in the 1990 Census. In March 2018, Bloomberg ranked Westfield as the 99th wealthiest place in the United States, and the 18th wealthiest in New Jersey. According to a 2014 nationwide survey, Westfield is considered to be the 30th-safest city to live in the United States.

Westfield High School (New Jersey)

Westfield Senior High School (WHS, or Westfield High School) is a comprehensive public high school located in Westfield, in Union County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as the lone secondary school of the Westfield Public Schools.It was established in the early 1900s at its original location on Elm Street until 1951 when it was moved to its current location on Dorian Road. The new wing designated for biology, chemistry, physics, and other sciences, along with English as a Second Language (ESL) was completed in 2002. Westfield High School is overseen by the New Jersey Department of Education. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,866 students and 152.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.2:1. There were 47 students (2.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 10 (0.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.

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