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", “Honorable Mention” in Time Out New York’s Best Plays of 2019) 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...
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", “Honorable Mention” in Time Out New York’s Best Plays of 2019) 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. It was subsequently produced at Mosaic Theater, InterAct Theater, Spreckles Theater and will be seen at the State Theater of South Australia next year.

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 at Roundabout Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Mugwumpin, San Francisco Playhouse, Crowded Fire, Theatre of NOTE, Source Theatre Festival and Just Theater, where he is Co-Artistic Director.

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.

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?