Jonathan Spector

Jonathan Spector

Jonathan Spector is a playwright and theatre-maker based in Oakland, California. His play EUREKA DAY had its New York Premiere with Colt Coeur (New York Times "Critics' Pick") and its World Premiere with Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, where it won all of the region’s new play awards: Will Glickman Award, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Rella Lossy Award, and Theatre Bay Area...
Jonathan Spector is a playwright and theatre-maker based in Oakland, California. His play EUREKA DAY had its New York Premiere with Colt Coeur (New York Times "Critics' Pick") and its World Premiere with Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, where it won all of the region’s new play awards: Will Glickman Award, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Rella Lossy Award, and Theatre Bay Area Award. Other plays include THIS MUCH I KNOW (PlayPenn, New Harmony Project, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor), GOOD. BETTER. BEST. BESTED. (Custom Made Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival), WHAT COMES NEXT (Portland Stage’s Little Festival of the Unexpected), SIESTA KEY (Bay Area Playwrights Festival) and In From The Cold (Just Theater, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Prize). His work has also been developed and produced with Roundabout Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Mosaic Theater, InterAct, Mugwumpin, San Francisco Playhouse, Crowded Fire, and Theatre of NOTE and Source Theatre Festival. He is a recipient of South Coast Rep’s Elizabeth George Commission, has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Resident Playwright at Playwrights Foundation, and is currently a Core Writer at The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. Jonathan is also the Co-Artistic Director of Just Theater.

Plays

  • 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?
  • This Much I Know
    A man’s investigation into his missing wife launches us on a time-hopping fugue across the 20th century. This Much I Know is an explosively theatrical exploration of how we make decisions, how we change our minds, and how much responsibility we bear for things over which we have no control.
  • Siesta Key
    It’s Florida…sometime in the future. Violent militia rule is followed by violent resistance. Years later, the atrocities of this period are filtered through a cinematic lens and distant memory. Through shifting time and unreliable narrators, Siesta Key investigate the complexity of moral absolutism, its personal cost, and the elusiveness of truth in acts of hate.
  • Good. Better. Best. Bested.
    A one-night journey down the Las Vegas strip, an interwoven story of bachelorettes, magicians, street performers, gamblers, and tourists. As the nighttime festivities get under way, an earth-shattering event happens half a world away. In the midst of this tragedy and the chaos it unleashes, the characters must reckon with how much to let it disturb their good time.
  • Adult Swim
    A magic realist play in which a pair of teenage lifeguards struggle to unwrap the mysteries of life during in a hot, slow summer amongst bratty kids, killer ping pong and lots of whistle-twirling.

  • In From the Cold
    A Cold War Spy's past may not be past after all, the secret meaning of 80's movies is revealed, and it's Ladies' Night at Chilis'.
  • The Vast Expanse
    Bored with your life? Maybe it's time to change it up. Get a new job, move to a new city, or maybe consider becoming a Ficus tree?