The Boy Who Wanted to be a Robot (Brains & Puppets)

Carnivores

Doctors Jane and Alexander

Golem Stories

Linguish

The Living Methuselah

One Head Too Many (Fairy Tales of the Absurd)

Playing Dreidel with Judah Maccabee

Rudolf II

A Shylock

Strangers

One-Eyed Moses and the Churning Red Sea

Possessed by a Rebellious Spirit

The Taste of Blue (Brains & Puppets)

Unauthorized Magic in Oz

The Velvet Oratorio

Cat's Cradle

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The Lathe of Heaven

Tales for Children Under Three Years Old (Fairy Tales of the Absurd)

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

Unauthorized Magic in Oz

Hitchhikers

Iphigenia at Aulis

Lysistrata

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

To Prepare a Hard Boiled Egg (Fairy Tales of the Absurd)


Edward at the AAN in Chicago

At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, Chiacgo 2008

 

Plays (with excerpts)

These are some of the plays of mine which have been produced over the years. They are all available for production. Feel free to email me to inquire about those scripts, or to inquire about full scripts or rights.

Brains & Puppets (watch Robot on YouTube or read Taste of Blue)

Two short plays about the conditions of autism and synesthesia. Although these plays were originally performed with puppets, they could be performed in a variety of fashions. The first, The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Robot, is a Pinnochio tale in reverse presented as a fairy tale from a foreign culture—the culture of people with Asperger’s Syndrome. The second, The Taste of Blue, is about a teenage girl who can taste color and see music.  She has synesthesia, a condition in which the senses are mixed, a condition shared by many artists, from Kandinsky to Nabokov. 

CAST: Both shows were performed as 1 person shows (the first by a man, the second by a woman). However, the first can also be performed with a larger cast.

RUNNING TIME: Together they run about 40 minutes. Each is about 20.

Carnivores (read it or watch it on xtranormal)

A short meditation on sausage.

CAST: 1 man, 1 woman.

RUNNING TIME: 7 minutes

Cat's Cradle (watch a trailer)

A calypso musical based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut. An examination of the stupidity and visciousness of mandkind, featuring Bokononism, a religion based on lies, and ice-nine, a brilliant invention with the capacity to destroy the world. With original music by Henry Akona.

CAST: Performed originally with a cast of 21 (13 men, 8 women), though that number is flexible, depending on doubling.

RUNNING TIME:About 2 hours 30 minutes, with intermission.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (watch a trailer)

A stage adaptation of Philip K. Dick's sci fi noir classic, about androids and a bounty hunter who love them/loves to kill them. The book inspired the film Blade Runner, but this adaptation returns to the original novel's ideas about a post-apocalyptic world seeking resurrection through the rediscovery of empathy.

CAST: 6 men, 4 women

RUNNING TIME:About 1 hours 35 minutes, without intermission.

Doctors Jane and Alexander (read an excerpt)

Using found, fabricated, and occasionally finagled text, the playwright explores the life of his grandfather Alexander S. Wiener, the co-discoverer of the Rh factor in blood, through interviews with his mother, a psychologist who recently retired due to a debilitating stroke. An examination of art, science, ambition, and achievement, told with humor and song.

CAST: Performed with a cast of 7 (4 men, 3 women), though the casting can be flexible.

RUNNING TIME:About 1 hours 40 minutes, without intermission.

Fairy Tales of the Absurd (read an excerpt from One Head Too Many)

Three short plays, performed Off-Broadway in 2003. It includes the first-ever English translation of Ionesco's one man one-act, To Prepare a Hard Boiled Egg; an adaptation of his short stories, Tales for Children Less Than Three Years Old; and the original play, One Head Too Many, the story of a Princess who falls in love with her second head.

CAST: The show performed with a cast of 2 women and 3 men, as well as a number of puppets. However, the number of cast is flexible.

RUNNING TIME: The whole production runs 1 hour 30 minutes. (To Prepare a Hard Boiled Egg runs 7 minutes, Tales for Children runs 35 minutes, and One Head Too Many runs 40 minutes.)

Golem Stories (read an excerpt)

Winner of Best Play (Playwrights Award) from the Spotlight On Festival. A retelling of the legend of a clay man in 16th century Prague. Rabbi Loew creates a Golem to defend the Jews, but this Golem seems more interested in listening to the Rebbetsin's stories and falling in love with the Rabbi's daughter. Is he the reincarnated spirit of her murdered lover? Or does his childlike façade hide the face of a demon?

Included in the book: The Golem, Methuselah, and Shylock.

CAST: 3 women, 5 men

RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes

Hitchhikers (read an excerpt)

A translation of a play by Václav Havel, originally written for Ivan Vyscočil in the 1960's, but never performed until lts recent rediscovery in 2010. The subject is two old women who go hithhiking for the first time, but the style is pure absurdist wordplay.

CAST: 2 women, 1 man

RUNNING TIME: 20 minutes

Iphigenia at Aulis (read an excerpt)

An original adaptation of Euripdes' play. This will be published as a graphic novel collaboration with Eric Shanower, but currently it is available in full upon request.

CAST: 3 women, 5 men, plus a chorus of women.

RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 10 minutes.

The Lathe of Heaven

A stage adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin's classic sci fi novel about a man whose dreams change reality.

CAST: 3 men, 1 woman

RUNNING TIME: About 2 hours, with intermission.

The Living Methuselah (read an excerpt)

Methuselah, the world's oldest man, has lived through the Flood, the Plague, Sodom and Gomorrah, Pompeii, and his own extremely poor judgment, thanks to his wife Serach, the world's oldest woman. Now age and a poor health regimen have caught up with him, and the doctor tells him he won't make it past the end of the play. Afflicted with every disease known to man, Methuselah fights on, flashing back in his delirium to former disasters and fantasizing about having handmaidens. Will he survive? It ain't necessarily so.

Included in the book: The Golem, Methuselah, and Shylock.

CAST: 3 women, 2 men

RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes

Lysistrata (read the full script)

An original adaptation of Artistophane’s ancient Greek comedy, in which the women refuse to have sex unless the men call off their war.

Published by Theater 61 Press.

CAST: The show was performed with a cast 100, including chorus. As written, it has 16 principal parts, with 11 women and 5 men. The number of chorus is flexible.

RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes.

The Pig, or Václav Havel's Hunt for a Pig (read an excerpt)

A translation of the play/operetta based on a dialogue by Václav Havel and adapated for stage by the Czech director Vladímir Morávek. Václav Havel needs a pig he can slaughter and cook for a party with his dissident friends. An American journalist arrives for an interview. The villagers have a pig to sell, but where is it? And why is everyone singing The Bartered Bride?

CAST: Variable, depending on doubling and size of chorus

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes

Playing Dreidel with Judah Maccabee (read an excerpt)

A modern-day boy encounters Judah Maccabee in an abandoned room of his temple, for eight consecutive nights. The future is not what Judah Maccabee expects, and Judah Maccabee is not who the boy expects. Can Judah understand why latkes and dreidels are meaningful, when his world is full of battles and animal sacrifice?

CAST: 1 man, 1 boy

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes

Rudolf II (read en excerpt)

Rudolf II's thirst for knowledge, whether artistic, scientific, or mystical, was insatiable--as was his desire for lovers of both sexes. He was surrounded by visionaries like Tycho Brahe and Arcimboldo, plagued by visions of Libuse, and constantly attended by the mistress who had borne his only children, and his valet, a converted Jew whose secret relationship with Rudolf makes him the emperor's most valued confidant. Set completely in Rudolf's bedroom, the play is a portrait of an emperor who was both extraordinary visionary and self-destructive, as he confines himself and those closest to him to an increasingly suffocating atmosphere of paranoia and mounting madness

CAST: 3 women, 4 men

RUNNING TIME: 2 hours with an intermission

Stangers and Linguish (read an excerpt of Strangers or Linguish)

Two plays about neurological conditions. "The first part, a two-hander pregnant with Pinter-esque pauses, manages to convey the numbing repetitiveness and frustration of life with an amnesiac. The second, an inspired absurdist comedy, follows four strangers infected with a mysterious form of aphasia who are quarantined in a No Exit bunker. Literally at a loss for words, they must invent a new language in order to communicate—or to keep from going crazy. Side effects may include hilarity, we are told (it's definitely contagious)." The Village Voice

STRANGERS CAST: 1 woman, 1 man

RUNNING TIME: 35 minutes

LINGUISH CAST: 2 women, 3 men

RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 10 minutes

A Shylock (read an excerpt)

Antonio says that Shylock was a capitalist. Jessica says that he was a Freudian nightmare. Tubal says he was a good Jew. Whom is Jacob Levy to believe? Perhaps Hamlet can guide him—although this Hamlet seems to be a woman. Jacob Levy, a mild mannered professor, is taken on a tour of Shakespeare's Venice, as he tries to find his own answer to Shylock's legacy.

Included in the book: The Golem, Methuselah, and Shylock.

CAST: 3 women, 5 men

RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes

One-Eyed Moses and the Churning Red Sea (read an excerpt)

Rabbi Tzipporah Finestein is having dreams that Moses is a pirate captain, battling Pharaoh on the high seas. Are they nightmares, or more? Two congregants may be the key to an answer.

Included in the book: The Golem, Methuselah, and Shylock.

CAST: 2 women, 1 man

RUNNING TIME: 15 minutes

Possessed by a Rebellious Spirit (read an excerpt)

Winner of TADA Theater's annual playwriting contest (plays for teen actors). Casey, a teenage girl, gets a little "visit" from her recently deceased grandmother. In an effort to grab just one more taste of reality, grandma gets a chance to see the world out of the eyes of her teenage granddaughter. In the process, Casey learns a lot she didn't know about her family history and herself.

CAST: 2 teen girls, 2 teen boys, 1 adult woman

RUNNING TIME: 40 minutes

Unauthorized Magic in Oz (watch it on YouTube)

Edward Einhorn takes his Oz novels and brings them to the world of puppetry! Buddy, a small boy, has a mother who likes to perform sorcery and a good friend who's a magician. But Glinda won't be happy when she finds out they are defying Oz law to do so. See the Living House, a two and a half foot tall puppet filled with characters in its windows! See Dr. Majestico attempt to destroy his own home! See Glinda, Omby Amby, Tempus the Parrot-Ox, and many more!

CAST: 2 women, 2 men

RUNNING TIME: 20 minutes

The Velvet Oratorio (read it or watch a chorus from the show)

An evocative retelling of the Czech Velvet Revolution using found text, choral music, and scenes inspired by Václav Havel's Vanêk plays.

CAST: Variable, at least 6 men and 3 women, plus choir

RUNNING TIME: 1 hour