Einstein’s Gift

By (author): Vern Thiessen

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.


Vern Thiessen

Vern Thiessen is one of Canada’s most produced playwrights. His work has been seen across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Vern is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding New Play, the City of Edmonton Arts Achievement Award, and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Vern received his BA from the University of Winnipeg and an M.F.A. from the University of Alberta. He currently lives in Edmonton, where he is the artistic director of Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre.


“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


  • Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award- Outstanding New Play 2003, Short-listed
  • Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award-Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2003, Winner
  • Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama 2003, Winner
  • Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award- Outstanding Set Design 2003, Winner
  • Jewish Playwriting Competition 1999, Winner
  • Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award- Outstanding Production of a Play 2003, Short-listed
  • Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award- Outstanding Lighting Design 2003, Short-listed
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    160 Pages
    7.58in * 5.12in * .39in


    May 29, 2015



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