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?
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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.)
  • 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!

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