EUREKA DAY

by Jonathan Spector
directed by Seth Rozin

October 25 – November 17, 2019

Tuesdays - Wednesdays @ 7pm
Thursdays - Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 2pm

Approximate running time:
2 hours, incl. 15-minute intermission

At Eureka Day School in Berkeley, all decisions are made by consensus and diversity of opinion is valued. But when a mumps outbreak hits the school, it turns out that not everyone in this conscious community has the same definition of social justice. Now the board of parent-directors must confront one of the central questions of our time: how do you find consensus when you can’t agree on the facts?

Sponsored by the Independence Foundation, Harmelin Media, Ballard Spahr and Morgan Lewis

Honorary Producers: June & Steve Wolfson

*WINNER*
Theater Bay Area Award
San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award
 
 

MEET THE CAST

Cast

Alexandra Espinoza: CARINA

Leonard Haas: DON

Dan Hodge: ELI

Bi Jean Ngo: MEIKO

Catharine Slusar: SUZANNE

Production Team

Tom Helmer: Stage Manager

Jess DeStefano: Production Manager

Janie Howland: Scenic Designer

Peter Whinnery: Lighting Designer

Katherine Fritz: Costumes Designer

Toby Pettit: Sound Designer

Michael Long: Media Designer

Kat Wheary: Props Designer

Dorian Korein: Production Assistant

“An exceptional play… laugh-out-loud funny, yet with an intelligent and introspective perspective.”
– Berkeleyside

To help you choose:

Previews: October 25-29

Opening Night: October 30

Celebratory reception to follow, with complimentary beer from Two Roads Brewing Company, wine from Chaddsford Winery & refreshments.

Talkback Performances: October 31 - November 17

  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Coffee Conversations with Producing Artistic Director Seth Rozin and cast members
    Complimentary coffee from Rival Bros. Coffee Bar & cookies from Insomnia Cookies.

 
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  • Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays: Audience Discussions with InterAct staff and local artists.

  • Sundays: Speaker Sundays with Producing Artistic Director Seth Rozin and a guest expert speaker.

    • November 3: Barbara L. Hausman, Ph.D. Barbara studies medical controversies in the public sphere. She is Professor of Humanities and Public Health Sciences, and Chair of Humanities, at Penn State College of Medicine. She is the author of four scholarly books on medicine and gender, breastfeeding, and, most recently, vaccination controversy: Anti/Vax: Reframing the Vaccination Controversy (Cornell 2019). Since 2010 she has convened a collaborative research team, the Vaccination Research Group, which has led to the publication of three co-authored articles, including “‘Poisonous, Filthy, Loathsome, Damnable Stuff’: The Rhetorical Ecology of Vaccination Concern,” published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine in December 2014. Professor Hausman has presented her research on vaccination controversy at many leading universities in the US, as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

    • November 10: Yves Kavore, Division Head of Grades 4-8, and Lisa Sun, Head of School at The Philadelphia School. Lisa is currently in her second year as the Head of School at The Philadelphia School (TPS). The Philadelphia School is a co-ed, progressive pre-K through 8th grade school in Center City with 460 students. Prior to TPS, Lisa was at the Park School of Baltimore, a progressive pre-K through 12th grade school, for seven years serving as the Lower School Assistant Principal, and then as the Lower School Principal. Lisa's roots in progressive education are deep; she started her career in education as a student-teacher at the Francis W. Parker School is Chicago. She is also the mother of two children, ages 9 and 14, who have attended progressive schools for almost their whole lives.

    • November 17: Alison Buttenheim, Associate Professor of Nursing and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, where she holds the Patricia Bleznak Silverstein and Howard A. Silverstein Chair in Global Women’s Health. A behavioral scientist, she studies behavior change and decision-making in several health domains, including parental vaccine hesitancy and vaccine refusal. She has published more than 20 scholarly papers on the topic of vaccine acceptance, and her research has been covered in mainstream and social media outlets including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Vox and WHYY. A highlight of her year is timing how quickly she can get through Penn’s employee flu vaccine clinic (the record is 35 seconds).

Parents Day Out: November 17

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