BROADWAY WORLD, OFF BROADWAY (NEW YORK) -- In Jonathan Spector’s Eureka Day, when a child at the Eureka Day School in Berkeley is diagnosed with the Mumps, the school’s executive committee — normally a bubble of civility in which all can voice their concerns — ruptures down the middle. Battle lines are drawn between those parents in support of vaccination and those against it.
Jonathan Spector is a playwright and theatre-maker based in Oakland. He has received the 2018 Rella Lossy Award, Theatre Bay Area’s TITAN award an Emerging Playwright Award from PlayGround, been a two-time winner of Aurora Theater’s Global Age Prize and is a resident playwright at Playwrights Foundation. His work has been nominated for the Stavis Award and he’s been a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, New Harmony Project, Lark Playwrights Week, SPACE at Ryder Farm and the Juilliard Fellowship.
Spector has a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University, is the co-artistic director of the Berkeley-based Just Theater, and was the associate artistic director of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival from 2007 to 2011, where he developed many new plays with writers including Samuel Hunter, Annie Baker, Marcus Gardley and Sheila Callaghan.
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