Ethyl Eichelberger

Ethyl Eichelberger (1945-1990) was a key player on the manic East Village scene of the 1980s. Best remembered today for his high octane solo drag plays and performances, for nearly 20 years Ethyl wrote, produced, staged and starred in a series of 32 madcap and highly idiosyncratic poetic plays based in the lives of great women of history, literature and myth. The plays, including Nefertiti (1976), Medea (1980), Lucrezia Borgia (1982,Obie Award), Klytemnestra, (1985) and The Lincolns (1988), concern strong women who survive, mix high and low elements, include accordion accompanied songs and were performed to critical acclaim by Eichelberger with childlike glee and razor sharp acting skills in clubs and performance spaces from the Pyramid, 8 B.C., Dixon Place and PS 122 to Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall as well as worldwide. In addition to keeping his own repertoire in constant production, he also acted with the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, regional theaters throughout the country and on Broadway, television and film.