EUREKA DAY

By Jonathan Spector 
Directed by Serge Seiden 
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
Featuring Regina Aquino, Lise Bruneau, Erica Chamblee,
Sam Lunay, and Elan Zafir 
December 4, 2019–January 5, 2020
All dates are subject to change

ABOUT

At Eureka Day School in Berkeley, all decisions are made by consensus, diversity and inclusion are valued, and vaccinations are a personal matter. When a mumps outbreak hits 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: how do you find consensus when you can’t agree on the facts? A comedy for our moment!

The New York Times Feature: Can a Play About Vaccines Be a Laughing Matter?

Lead Underwriter: Marvin F. Weissberg

 

GET INVOLVED!

Donate Children's Books

Donations of gently used children's books can be dropped off until December 1 during business hours at the Atlas Performing Art's Center Actors Lobby or at the Mosaic Theater subscriptions table during performances of Theory. Books will be donated to local elementary schools after being used on the set of Eureka Day. For more questions, contact drew@mosaictheater.org.

Be a part of Eureka Day in a cameo appearance opportunity

Ever wished you could experience Mosaic from the stage? Now's your chance! Apply now and be one of the few lucky audience members that will get the chance to appear alongside the cast in a cameo role in Eureka Day. To apply, contact serge@mosaictheater.org.

PRESS

"a rip-roaring, insightful production – one built for our fractured time."

DC Theater Scene

"... a master class in tight ensemble acting."

"a roll-in-the-aisles funny exhibition of adults behaving badly."

DC Metro Theater Arts

"Eureka Day is...one of the funniest plays to open this year"

The New York Times

"Jonathan Spector’s lively portrait of a debate over mandatory vaccinations is the perfect play for our age of disagreement."

The New York Times

"Uproarious! Jonathan Spector's play is so crisply defined that you might have to periodically remind yourself that you haven't already met these characters in real life..."

San Francisco Chronicle

"So brilliantly yoked to the current American moment... that it makes you want to jump out of your skin... Electrically funny."

The New Yorker

 

DATES

indicates a post show discussion immediately following the performance
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WEEKDAY MATINEES

ACCESSIBILITY DATES

 
 

ARTISTS

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Andrew Cohen

Set Designer

Deb Thomas

Properties Designer

April E. Carter*

Stage Manager

Brittany Shemuga

Lighting Designer

Dylan Uremovich

Projections Designer

Brandee Mathies

Costume Designer

David Lamont Wilson

Sound Designer

Claudia Rosales Waters

Intimacy Coordinator

Shirley Serotsky

Dramaturg

*indicates AEA member

DISCUSSIONS

8PM Thursday, December  5

Creative Team Talkback: A Conversation with the Playwright

with Jonathan Spector, Playwright

moderated by Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director

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3PM Sunday, December 8

Creative Team Talkback

with Jonathan Spector, Playwright, and Serge Seiden, Director, moderated by Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director

11AM Thursday, December 12

Cast Talkback

moderated by Victoria Murray Baatin,

Associate Artistic Director

8PM Thursday, December 12

Worry Management: Handling Parental Anxiety

with Kristen Brown, PhD, Research Fellow,

Social Epidemiology Research Unit, National

Institutes of Health; moderated by Michael Feldman,

co-facilitator of the Theater and Policy Salon

3PM Sunday, December 15

Understanding Vaccines: The Science Behind the Shots

with Karin Bok, MS, PhD, Senior Advisor, Vaccine Development, Office of the Director, Vaccine Research Center, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health;  Dr. Jennifer Gordon, Influenza Program Officer, DMID, NIAID and  expert on flu vaccines with broad experience on vaccine policy; moderated by Victoria Murray Baatin

8PM Wednesday, December 18

The National Vaccine Plan

with Dr. Bruce Gellin, inaugural president of Sabin Vaccine Institute, Global Immunization, and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the National Vaccine Program Office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Amelia Montgomery Jamison MAA, MPH,  co-coordinator  of NIH-funded investigation of racial disparities in adult influenza uptake in the Uncovering and Addressing Cultural Beliefs in Vaccine Racial Disparities Project (NIMHD); moderated by Ari Roth

8PM Thursday, December 19

The Vaccination Debate and How We Got Here

with Dr. Joel Breman, Senior Scientist Emeritus, NIH;

Heidi Y. Lawrence, PhD, Co-Director, Virginia Consortium on the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, Assistant Professor, George Mason University;

Josh Mazer, Parent Advocate, Activist, MD resident;

Moderated by Laley Lippard, Mosaic Theater Company Manager of Partnerships and Public Programming.

3PM Sunday, December 22

The Intersection of Art & Health

Partnering with the World Health Organization's lead for the Arts & Health program Christopher Bailey, an interactive post-show event of story-telling, catharsis, and discussion.  With excerpts from Stage IV, Performance on Empathy and Health, inspired by recent WHO study definitively connecting the arts to healing. Introduced by Lailey Lippard

8PM Monday, December 23

Vaccines and Schools: An Educator's Perspective moderated by Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director,

with Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead, World Health Organization

8PM Thursday, December 26

The Anti-Vaccine Movement: Understanding Both Sides

with Josh Mazer, Parent, Advocate, Activist,

MD resident; moderated by Nizar Farsakh, Trainer, private consultant, and public speaker who focuses his work

around leadership, negotiation and advocacy

3 PM Saturday, December 28

Science, Skepticism, and Public Safety
with Barney S. Graham, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Investigator, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, NIAID/VRC, Meredith

Wadman, BM, BCh, Reporter, Science Magazine; author, The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of

Defeating Disease; moderated by Mel Hardy, Co-Founder, Millennium Arts Salon, Mosaic Public Programming Committee

8PM Monday, December 30

Public Health vs. Private Decisions

with Morgan Leighton, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Associate, Children's National Hospital; Mary Revenis, MD, Neonatologist, Children's National Hospital; moderated by Stephen Stern, Mosaic Theater Founding Board Chair, Public Programming

8PM Thursday, January 2

The Comedy of Deadly Serious Issues

with Nancy Robinette, Award winning actress and theatre educator; moderated by Serge Seiden, Director, Eureka Day

8PM Saturday, January 4

Making Medical Decisions: Balancing Fact and Feeling with Helene Felman, MD, Pediatrics Specialist, Washington DC; William Hausdorff, PhD, Public Health Value Proposition Lead, PATH’s Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access; Dr. Muriel Wolf, Pediatrician with over 25 years of experience and Mosaic Board member; Moderator, TBA

 

BACKGROUND

 

Letter from the Artistic Director

 

by Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director

Passionate Engagement

 

by Shirley Serotsky, Production Dramaturg

GALLERY

 
BOX OFFICE

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

boxoffice@atlasarts.org

202-399-7993 ext 2

 HOURS

Monday-Friday, 11 AM to 2 PM; 3 PM to 6 PM

In person: 2 hours prior to show on show days

Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.

Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.

Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.