Eureka Day

At Eureka Day School in Berkeley, all decisions are made by consensus, diversity of opinion is valued, and vaccinations are a personal matter. When a mumps outbreak hits the school, it turns out that not everyone in the community has the same definition of social justice. Now the board of directors must confront the central question of our time: how do you find consensus when you can’t agree on the facts?...
At Eureka Day School in Berkeley, all decisions are made by consensus, diversity of opinion is valued, and vaccinations are a personal matter. When a mumps outbreak hits the school, it turns out that not everyone in the community has the same definition of social justice. Now the board of directors must confront the central question of our time: how do you find consensus when you can’t agree on the facts?

REVIEWS:
"Jonathan Spector's play is so crisply defined that you might have to periodically remind yourself that you haven't already met these characters in real life...Spector proves as much as master of pathos as of comedy" - San Francisco Chronicle

"Talented playwright Jonathan Spector has achieved the almost impossible. He's created an exceptional play that is laugh-out-loud funny, yet with an intelligent and introspective perspective." - Berkeleyside

"It’s the first time I’ve seen a play — or film, for that matter — that has so successfully integrated the effect of social media, in real time, on our un-virtual lives." - San Francisco Weekly

"There’s a scene toward the end of the first act in local playwright Jonathan Spector’s world premiere “Eureka Day” at the Aurora Theatre Company, that’s so funny — the audience will likely be laughing so loudly — that you won’t hear a word of the dialogue. But Spector’s writing is so beautifully calibrated, so carefully crafted, that somehow that’s OK" - San Francisco Examiner

"Eureka Day may spark some agitated post-show conversations eerily mirroring the ones in the play. That just goes to show how keenly observed the comedy is. It his awfully, gut-churningly close to home." San Jose Mercury News

"One of the funniest, laugh-out-loud-fist-in-mouth twenty minutes we have seen in years. This alone makes "Eureka Day" a must-see. " SF Theater Blog
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Eureka Day

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  • A. Emmanuel Leadon:
    18 Apr. 2019
    Manages to fit several wide, timely themes into such a contained, straightforward story. One scene in particular is beautifully uncomfortable and chaotic. Spector is a master of suppressing conflict. This play bluntly reminds us of the children who will be stuck with the country we're building right now.
  • Dominic Finocchiaro:
    30 Mar. 2019
    Such a phenomenal play. Equally parts side-splittingly hilarious and emotionally resonant. Tackles an incredibly relevant topic and manages to investigate it in a way that reveals a ton about our contemporary moment and the way we interact with those we disagree with. Its use of Facebook Live is ingenious, and its characters are diverse and their motivations earned and believable. Produce it!
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    28 Mar. 2019
    This play is fantastic. It’s funny and poignant and so very topical. Also, having lived in Berkeley (and raised kids there), Spector completely nails all the specifity of this environment. It was a treat to read, and would be incredible in production. Highly recommend more theaters pick this up and produce immediately!

Development History

  • Reading
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    Roundabout Underground
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    2019
  • Reading
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    South Coast Rep
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    2018
  • Reading
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    Lark Play Development Center
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    2017

Production History

Awards

Winner
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Will Glickman Award
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2019
Winner
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Original Script
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San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle
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2019
Winner
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Rella Lossy Award
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2018
Winner
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TBA Award, Outstanding World Premiere Play
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Theatre Bay Area
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2018
San Francisco Chronicle, 'Top Ten Shows of the Year'
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2018