Colt Coeur's EUREKA DAY Begins Rehearsals
Rehearsals began this week for Brooklyn-based theatre company Colt Coeur's east coast premiere of Jonathan Spector's lauded play, EUREKA DAY. Tackling hyper-liberalism, the politics of parenting, and the heated nationwide debate on vaccines in one fell swoop, Spector's ripped-from-the-headlines play is directed byAdrienne Campbell-Holt (Primary Stages' Downstairs, Colt Coeur's Joan). Performances begin at Walkerspace (46 Walker Street, between Broadway and Church Street) on Saturday, August 24th toward opening night on Thursday, August 29th. General admission tickets are priced at $25 and are available atcoltcoeur.org.
Echoing the recent outbreaks across the country of the all-but-eradicated measles-and the passionate arguments from both sides of the vaccine debate-EUREKA DAY takes on hot button issues with a healthy dose of comedy in tow. Carina has just enrolled her son at the uber-progressive EUREKA DAY School in Berkeley and is immediately thrown into the deep end as the newest member of the private school's board of directors. With school facing shutdown over an outbreak of the mumps, Carina has to navigate not only her own deeply held personal beliefs, but the subtle yet firm influence of founding board member Suzanne, online trolls, and the myriad school policies in place designed to make everyone "feel seen." Can the parents of EUREKA DAY reach a consensus on what's best for the children when they can't even agree on the facts?
The cast of EUREKA DAY is led by Tina Benko (Scenes from a Marriage, Top Girls, Roundabout's upcoming The Rose Tattoo) as Suzanne, Nicole Lewis (Atlantic Theater Company's Blue Ridge; Hair, Rent) as Carina, KK Moggie (Passage, Daphne's Dive), Kate Cullen Roberts (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Thomas Jay Ryan (MTC's The Nap, Ivo van Hove's The Crucible), and Brian Wiles (TV's "Manifest" and "Billions").
The scenic design for EUREKA DAY is by John McDermott; projection design is byKate Ducey; costume design is by Lux Haac; lighting design is by Grant Yeager; sound design is by Amy Altadonna. Colt Coeur produces the engagement, with Ayana Parker Morrison as lead producer and Emily Caffery as line-producer.Sean McGrath serves as Production Manager and Technical Director. Avery Trunko is Production Stage Manager and Katie Cecil Cairns is Assistant Stage Manager. Casting is by Anne Davison. Mehr Kaur serves as the Associate Director.
The performance schedule for EUREKA DAY is Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays and Mondays at 7pm. Opening night is Thursday, August 29th.EUREKA DAY will run through Saturday, September 21st.
EUREKA DAY plays at Walkerspace, 46 Walker Street (2 blocks south of Canal Street, between Broadway and Church), New York, NY 10013. Tickets start at $25 and are general admission. For more information and tickets, visit www.coltcoeur.org.