Edoardo Erba

Edoardo Erba was born in Pavia, near Milan, in 1954. He studied at the University of Pavia and at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. He is married with the actress Maria Amelia Monti, and has three children. He lives in Rome.

His plays include Marathon, Utoya, Rosalyn, The Mistress of the B&B, Nine, Vera vuz, Margarita and the Cock, All the best, Michelina, Italian Drama, All the best, Travelling with Albert, The trouts, The Builders, The Salesmen, Dejavu, Without Hitler, The night of Picasso, Animals in the Fog, Smallpox, Porco Selvatico, Human Tissue, Blind Corner, Family Affairs, Good News, The man of my Life, Radical Obstruction.

His work has been performed at some of Italy's top festivals: the Venice Biennale, the Taormina Festival, the Montepulciano Festival, the Todi Festival and has been represented in many important Italian theatres.

He has been the winner of the most important prizes for Italian dramaturgy (Olimpici del Teatro, Riccione, Idi, Candoni, Salerno).

Marathon, his most famous work, has been translated in 17 different languages, and published in 7 countries. It was first produced in Parma in 1993, having won the Premio Candoni the previous year, and then was also produced in London, Edinburgh, Wellington NZ, Sydney, Bombay (translation by Colin Teevan), Boston USA (translation by Israel Horowitz) Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, Zagreb, Sofia, Guimares, Tel-Aviv, Porco Selvatico have been produced in Los Angeles, The Night of Picasso in Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro, The family vice in London. The Builders has been programmed in Frankfurt Oder, The Sellers in Wilhelmshaven, Bercelona, Amsterdam and Budapest, Animal in the Fog in San Pietroburgo, Utoya in Oldensburg. Erba has also written radio and television dramas, sketches and sit-coms. He teaches in Pavia University , and in the National Accademy Silvio D'Amico in Rome.

Erba has also written radio and television dramas, sketches and sit-coms.


Erba lists Beckett, Pinter and Borges among his influences. Like his masters, he has creates something that works on both realistic and symbolic levels. (Michel Billington, Guardian)

All the life is in the mind and the reality is wahtever you choose it to be (Sylvie Drake, Los Angeles Times)

It's Kafka! It's Kaka with humor.(Polly Warfield, Drama-Logue)

It recalls the humor of Gogol, with the Charm of Italo Calvino and Fellini. (LA Weekly)

He runs on in your mind long after the finishing line.(The National Business Review, Wellington NZ)