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Einstein's Gift

Einstein's Gift

By Vern Thiessen
Subjects: Award Winners, Science & Scientists, Community Theatre Picks, Large Cast, Biography, Theatre of War, Canadian Classics, Western Playwrights, Alberta, History
Casting: 2 f, 5 m
Duration: 135 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770912779, 160 pages, May 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770912793, 160 pages, May 2015
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770912786, 160 pages, May 2015


  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award for Drama 2003
  • Short-listed, Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award- Outstanding New Play 2003
  • Winner, Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award-Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2003
  • Short-listed, Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award- Outstanding Lighting Design 2003
  • Short-listed, Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award- Outstanding Production of a Play 2003
  • Winner, Jewish Playwriting Competition 1999
  • Winner, Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award- Outstanding Set Design 2003


A revolutionary chemist, Dr. Fritz Haber discovered too late that when his knowledge was put in the hands of the wrong people, millions would die; his efforts to serve humanity futile against political will, nationalism, and war. This updated edition of Vern Thiessen’s Governor General’s Literary Award–winning play about the collision of power and pride still resonates with verve and vigour.


“A satisfying rumination on genius, war and the danger of remarkable ideas… Thiessen’s play spins the passions of two scientists directly responsible for WWII killing machines into larger metaphors about the life of the Western mind. ” —Variety

“(A) morality tale… about the exploitation of scientific discovery for martial means, the cloud, atomic or otherwise, that dims the celebration, the bargain that frees the Devil. ” —The New York Times

“It’s funny, beautiful and troubling. It asks big questions… it resonates powerfully. ” —Vue Weekly

“An illuminating history lesson with the appeal of an old-fashioned Hollywood biopic. ” —Globe and Mail

“Surprising beauty and poignancy. ” —Newsday