Cast: Tina Benko, Elizabeth Carter, KK Moggie, Kate Cullen Roberts, Thomas Jay Ryan, and Brian Wiles.
scenic design: John McDermott // costumes: Lux Haac
lighting: Grant Yeager // sound design: Amy Altadonna
projections: Kate Ducey // properties: Brian Bernhard
production management & technical direction: Sean McGrath
Producers: Dominique Bravo, Ayana Parker Morrison,
Emily Caffery & Andrew Perlmutter
Production Stage Manager: Avery Trunko
Assistant Stage Manager: Katie Cecil Cairns
Casting: Anne Davison // Associate director: J. Mehr Kaur
Videography: Crystal Arnette/Adventure We Can
Press: Richard Kornberg // Production stills: Robert Altman
An East Coast premiere by Jonathan Spector
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
August 24 - September 21, 2019
Walkerspace Theater, Lower Manhattan
The screamingly funny and achingly profound EUREKA DAY uses a heated vaccination debate at a progressive elementary school as a metaphorical lens for the escalating hostility of America’s culture wars and our inability to listen to those with whom we disagree.
Carina has just enrolled her son at EUREKA DAY School in Berkeley, CA, where all decisions are made by consensus— diversity and inclusion are valued, and vaccinations are a personal matter. As a freshman member of the private school’s board of directors—one position is always reserved for a new parent so no one gets too calcified in their thinking—she is thrown into the deep end when a mumps outbreak hits the school, forcing parents to choose between their own personal beliefs and what might be best for the community. Opening the discussion up to online trolls during a Facebook Live meeting only moves the committee further away from answering EUREKA DAY’s—and our era’s—most pressing question: how do you find consensus when you can’t agree on the facts?
EUREKA DAY premiered at Aurora Theater in Berkeley, CA in April 2018, where it received all of the region’s new play awards: Glickman Award, Theatre Bay Area Award, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, and Rella Lossy Award.
*Eureka Day is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Click here to read the NYT feature article “Can a Play About Vaccines be a Laughing Matter” - about playwright Jonathan Spector and Colt Coeur’s production of Eureka Day.