Edward Einhorn

Playwright Lyricist Librettist

Edward Einhorn is a playwright, director, translator, librettist, and novelist.  He writes plays about neurology; adaptations of sci fi novels; translations of  plays written in French, Czech, and ancient Greek; puppet theater; modern Oz novels; explorations of economic theory; autobiographical found text explorations; midrashim on Jewish cultural icons; picture books about math; opera/oratorio librettos; and other texts of a less definable nature.  His work has been performed in venues such as La MaMa, 3LD Art & Technology Center, HERE Arts Center, The New Ohio, St. Ann's Warehouse, the Walter Bruno Theater at Lincoln Center, Forth Worth Opera, Sacred Fools (Los Angeles), the Czech Embassy in Washington, and the Bohemian National Hall.  He is the Artistic Director of Untitled Theater Company #61: A Theater of Ideas – a New York independent theater company.

Recent shows include The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein, a comic farce about the lives of Stein and Toklas, which received a Critic’s Pick from the  co-chief reviewer of The New York Times, Jesse Green; The Iron Heel, an adaptation of Jack London’s socialist dystopic novel from 1908; City of Glass, an adaptation of the neo-noir novel by Paul Auster; Money Lab, an economic vaudeville combining multiple performance disciplines (dance, opera, puppetry, cabaret, clowning, and interactive games); The Velvet Oratorio, an opera/theater piece commissioned for the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution; The Pig, or Vaclav Havel's Hunt for a Pig, an adaptation of Havel's final theatrical work; Rudolf II, a play about the 16th Century Holy Roman Emperor in Prague; The God Projekt, a puppet play about the origin of monotheism; and a stage adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The New York Times has called his work "exquisitely ingenious", “dramatically shrewd,” and "almost unbearably funny"; Time Out has called it "challenging, thought-provoking," “mesmerizing,” and “startlingly intense”; and The Village Voice has called it “hilarious, provocative,” and "Inspired absurdist comedy".  He has received a Sloan Grant, SEED Magazine’s Revolutionary Mind Award, The NY Innovative Theater Award for Best Performance Art Production of the Year, NYTheater.com’s Person of the Year Award and placement in their Indie Theater Hall of Fame, 2nd Prize from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundations Playwriting Competition, and Critic’s Picks in Time Out, The Village Voice, and The New York Times.

He was recently a librettist fellow at American Opera Projects in Brooklyn, and is enrolled in the Opera Makers - Librettist program at Guildhall in London


“Toklas' gnomic utterances take on as much emotional depth as Stein's manner of speaking denies them, and surprises us in revealing the cost beneath the camp” (CRITICS PICK)
—The New York Times on The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

“Challenging, thought-provoking.” (FOUR STARS)
—Time Out New York on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

“One of the most startlingly intense shows I’ve seen.” (FOUR STARS)
—Time Out New York on The God Projekt

“A layered and darkly laced concoction.” (CRITICS PICK)
—The New York Times on The Pig
“The laughter feels like spring in Fairy Tales of the Absurd….Almost unbearably funny” (CRTICS PICK)
—The New York Times on Fairy Tales of the Absurd

“Exquisitely ingenious…truly enchanting”
—The New York Times on Unauthorized Magic

“A striking theater piece, optimally staged”
—TheaterMania on The Lathe of Heaven

“Tasteful and thought-provoking…played for irony, contradiction and some bawdy humor.”
—Musical America on The Velvet Oratorio

“An inspired absurdist comedy...side effects may include hilarity, we are told (It's definitely contagious)
—The Village Voice on Linguish

“Edward Einhorn’s brisk direction crackles with life and energy”
—The New York Times on Pangs of the Messiah

“Don’t ever take a stock tip from a critic, but this one looks like a buy”
—New York Magazine on Money Lab

“Hilarious, provocative”
—The Village Voice on Money Lab

“An act of fan love but also dramatically shrewd." (CRITICS PICK)
—The New York Times on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

“Slyly written…often beautiful”
—The New York Times on The Velvet Oratorio

“The story moves along effortlessly…[The Parrot-Ox] is a wonderful creature, chock-full of personality.
—School Library Journal on Paradox in Oz

“Funny, fantastical, it moves quickly along…”
—Booklist on A Very Improbable Story

“This fills a need and thoroughly entertains....the pages simply ooze with the aura of a great mystery...”
—Kirkus on Fractions in Disguise (STARRED)