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. This and other plays, including GOOD. BETTER. BEST. BESTED., THIS MUCH I KNOW and SIESTA KEY have been produced by Mosaic Theatre, InterAct Theatre, Custom Made Theater, Just Theater, Mugwumpin and Spreckles Theater. He has developed work with Roundabout Theatre Company, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, South Coast Rep, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco Playhouse, Crowded Fire, Source Theater Festival, and Theatre of NOTE. Jonathan is a recipient of South Coast Rep’s Elizabeth George Commission, has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and is a Core Writer at The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis.

Plays

  • 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?
  • 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 long, drunken stumble down the Las Vegas Strip, in which bachelorettes, stage magicians street performers, professional gamblers, obnoxious tourists and historical soldiers reckon with a disturbing event, and are forced to decide how much they should 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?
  • 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.