Jonathan Spector

Jonathan Spector

Jonathan Spector is playwright based in Oakland, California.

His play EUREKA DAY premiered at Aurora Theater, where it received all of the San Francisco Bay Area’s new play awards: Glickman Award, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award, Theater Bay Area Award and Rella Lossy Award. It was subsequently produced at Colt Coeur where it was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, an “Honorable Mention” in...
Jonathan Spector is playwright based in Oakland, California.

His play EUREKA DAY premiered at Aurora Theater, where it received all of the San Francisco Bay Area’s new play awards: Glickman Award, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award, Theater Bay Area Award and Rella Lossy Award. It was subsequently produced at Colt Coeur where it was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, an “Honorable Mention” in Time Out New York’s ‘Best Plays of 2019’ list, and nominated for a New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It has been or will be produced by InterAct Theater, Mosiac Theater, Asolo Theater, Spreckles Theater and the State Theater of South Australia.

Jonathan’s play THIS MUCH I KNOW will premiere next year at Aurora Theater, and was developed in the Playwrights Center’s Ruth Easton Series, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, New Harmony Project, and Playwrights Foundation’s Rough Reading Series.

Other plays include GOOD. BETTER. BEST. BESTED. (Custom Made Theater, Bay Area Playwrights Festival), SIESTA KEY (Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Crowded Fire Matchbox Series), WHAT COMES NEXT (Portland Stage’s Little Festival of The Unexpected, SF PlayGround Festival) and IN FROM THE COLD (Just Theater, Aurora Theater’s Global Age Prize). He has written two audio dramas: THE FLATS (Aurora Theater, co-written with Lauren Gunderson and Cleavon Smith) and OWNER OCCUPY (Playing On Air).

Jonathan is a recipient of South Coast Rep’s Elizabeth George Commission, and has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a PlayPenn Haas Fellow, an Ithaca College New Voices Fellow, a Resident Playwright at Playwrights Foundation, and is currently a Core Writer at The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis.

He is Co-Artistic Director of Just Theater and a former Associate Artistic Director of Playwrights Foundation/Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He has taught at San Jose State University, Sonoma State University, A.C.T Studio, Berkeley Rep School of Theater and his alma mater, New College of Florida.

Jonathan is represented by ICM Partners and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.

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 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.

  • 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?