Jonathan Spector

Jonathan Spector

Jonathan Spector is playwright and screenwriter based in Oakland, California.

His play EUREKA DAY was recently was seen at The Old Vic, starring Helen Hunt and Mark McKinney, and received a WhatsOnStage Award Nomination for Best New Play. It premiered at Aurora Theater in Berkeley in 2018, winning all of the SF Bay Area's New Play Awards: Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award, Glickman...
Jonathan Spector is playwright and screenwriter based in Oakland, California.

His play EUREKA DAY was recently was seen at The Old Vic, starring Helen Hunt and Mark McKinney, and received a WhatsOnStage Award Nomination for Best New Play. It premiered at Aurora Theater in Berkeley in 2018, winning all of the SF Bay Area's New Play Awards: Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award, Glickman Award, Theater Bay Area Award and Rellas Lossy Award. It was then produced Off Broadway with Colt Couer, where its sold-out run was as a New York Times Critics' Pick and nominated for a New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It has subsequently been produced with theaters including Asolo Rep, InterAct, Syracuse Stage, Mosaic Theater, and The State Theater of South Australia. A german-language production will run in rep for a year at the Burgtheater in Vienna, beginning in September.

THIS MUCH I KNOW premiered at Aurora Theater in Berkeley, recieving the Edgerton Award and the Glickman Award for best new play to premiere in the SF Bay Area (making Jonathan only the second person to receive this award more than once). It was developed with Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, PlayPenn, Playwrights Foundation, New Harmony Project, Playwrights Center and Manhattan Theater Club.

Other plays include BEST AVAILABLE (South Coast Rep's Elizabeth George Commission, Ashland New Play Festival), WHAT COMES NEXT (Portland Stage Little Festival of the Unexpected), SIESTA KEY (Bay Area Playwrights Festival) and GOOD. BETTER. BEST. BESTED. (Just Theater/Custom Made Theater, BAPF).

Jonathan is a Core Writer at Playwrights Center, and has been a MacDowell Fellow and a Resident Playwright at Playwrights Foundation. He is currently under commission from Manhattan Theater Club, Roundabout Theater and La Jolla Playhouse.

Plays

  • Best Available
    We're not going to talk about the sudden departure of our previous Artistic Director, because we want to focus on the future, not the past. The one thing we're all on the same page about it is: We Need Change. Change that builds on the remarkable legacy of our institution.

    It's just like the Ancient Blessing, May You Live In Interesting Times.
  • Eureka Day
    The Eureka Day School in Berkeley, California, is a bastion of progressive ideals. 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...
    The Eureka Day School in Berkeley, California, is a bastion of progressive ideals. 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 psychology professor's search for his missing wife launches us on a time-hopping fugue, weaving together the stories of Stalin's daughter defecting to America, the son of a white supremacist growing to doubt the beliefs he was raised with, and the secret despair of becoming an accidental killer. This Much I Know is a wildly theatrical exploration of how we make decisions, how we change our minds,...
    A psychology professor's search for his missing wife launches us on a time-hopping fugue, weaving together the stories of Stalin's daughter defecting to America, the son of a white supremacist growing to doubt the beliefs he was raised with, and the secret despair of becoming an accidental killer. This Much I Know is a wildly theatrical exploration of how we make decisions, how we change our minds, and how much responsibility we bear for things we do not 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.
  • What Comes Next
    Set in the Sea Ranch community on the Sonoma Coast, What Comes Next is about the distance between who we are and who we were, the sneaky, creeping influence of technology on our lives... and it's about Jews.
  • 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.