Eureka Day

The Eureka Day School in Berkeley, California, is a bastion of progressive ideals: representation, gender identity, social justice. In weekly meetings Eureka Day’s five board members develop and update policy to preserve this culture of inclusivity, reaching decisions only by consensus. But when a mumps outbreak threatens the Eureka community, facts become subjective and every solution divisive, leaving the...
The Eureka Day School in Berkeley, California, is a bastion of progressive ideals: representation, gender identity, social justice. In weekly meetings Eureka Day’s five board members develop and update policy to preserve this culture of inclusivity, reaching decisions only by consensus. But when a mumps outbreak threatens the Eureka community, facts become subjective and every solution divisive, leaving the school’s leadership to confront the central question of our time: How do you build consensus when no one can agree on truth?
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Eureka Day

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  • Ian Thal:
    17 Dec. 2019
    Jonathan Spector's Eureka Day is a brilliant satire of how the utopian dream of the welcoming community can be an invitation to conspiracy theories, anti-scientific thinking, medical quackery, and toxic wokeness, whether into the curriculum of a progressive school or in a social media discussion. The social media scene, in particular, comprises a wonderfully hilarious cacophonous comic crescendo –– but Spector is sure to remind audiences of potentially tragic consequences as well. (I saw the 2019 Mosaic Theater Company of DC production.)
  • 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