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, 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, while The Night of Picasso and Porco Selvatico have been produced in Los Angeles. The Builders, first produced in Rome in 2002, has been programmed in Frankfurt Oder and other towns in Germany, The sellers in Wilhelmshaven and Budapest.
Erba has also written radio and television dramas, sketches and sit-coms.