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
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
Donate Children's Books
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Be a part of Eureka Day in a cameo appearance opportunity
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"a rip-roaring, insightful production – one built for our fractured time."
"... a master class in tight ensemble acting."
"a roll-in-the-aisles funny exhibition of adults behaving badly."
"Eureka Day is...one of the funniest plays to open this year"
"Jonathan Spector’s lively portrait of a debate over mandatory vaccinations is the perfect play for our age of disagreement."
"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..."
"So brilliantly yoked to the current American moment... that it makes you want to jump out of your skin... Electrically funny."
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April E. Carter*
David Lamont Wilson
Claudia Rosales Waters
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Creative Team Talkback: A Conversation with the Playwright
with Jonathan Spector, Playwright
moderated by Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director
Creative Team Talkback
with Jonathan Spector, Playwright, and Serge Seiden, Director, moderated by Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director
moderated by Victoria Murray Baatin,
Associate Artistic Director
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
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
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
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.
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
Vaccines and Schools: An Educator's Perspective moderated by Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director,
with Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead, World Health Organization
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
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
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
The Comedy of Deadly Serious Issues
with Nancy Robinette, Award winning actress and theatre educator; moderated by Serge Seiden, Director, Eureka Day
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
by Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director
by Shirley Serotsky, Production Dramaturg