Press Release - Eureka Day

South Coast Repertory N​ewSCRipts Reading: Eureka Day by Jonathan Spector

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2018)—The first of three Monday evening new-play readings at South Coast Repertory for the 2018-19 season will be Eureka Day by Jonathan Spector. The NewSCRipts reading on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., is directed by Jennifer Chambers.  Tickets are available at

The story is set at Eureka Day School in Berkeley, Calif., where all decisions are made by consensus; diversity of opinion is valued, and vaccinations are a personal matter. When a mumps outbreak hit 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 to find consensus when you can’t agree on the facts?

Spector is a playwright and theatre-maker based in Oakland, Calif. His plays include Eureka Day (Aurora Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre) Good. Better. Best. Bested. (Custom Made Theater, San Francisco), This Much I Know (Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor) Adult Swim (PlayGround Festival, San Francisco), and In From The Cold (Just Theater, Berkeley). He has developed work with San Francisco Playhouse, Crowded Fire Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theater, Mugwumpin, The Lark (NYC), Source Theater Festival (Washington, D.C.), Something Marvelous (Chicago) and Stanford’s National Center for New Plays. 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, is a resident playwright at Playwrights Foundation, was nominated for the 2018 Stavis Playwright Award, and was recently listed by San Francisco Magazine as one of ‘100 Artists Putting the East Bay on the Map.” Spector is co-artistic director of the Berkeley-based Just Theater, where he has produced and/or directed many award-winning plays by writers including Anne Washburn, Jackie Sibblies Drury and Rob Handel.    

SCR Literary Director Kimberly Colburn is the dramaturg.

Tickets are $16, plus a $2 handling fee. Complete information is available online:

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Current and Upcoming Productions: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, through Oct. 21; Kings by Sarah Burgess, Oct. 13-Nov.10; Nate the Great by John Maclay and Brett Ryback, Nov. 2-18 (Theatre for Young Audiences); A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Nov. 24-Dec.24; Culture Clash (Still) In AmeriCCa written and performed by Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza, Dec. 30, 2018-Jan. 20, 2019; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and based on the book by Hugh Wheeler, Jan. 19-Feb.16, 2019; Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience by Mo Willems, with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, Feb. 1-17 (Theatre for Young Audiences); Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, March 3-24; Poor Yella Rednecks by Qui Nguyen, March 30-April 27; Sheepdog by Kevin Artigue, April 14-May 5; Pacific Playwrights Festival, April 26-28; M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang, May 11-June 8; and The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, May 24-June 9 (Theatre for Young Audiences). Complete information is available at

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.