Cast announced to join Helen Hunt in Eureka Day at The Old Vic

    Kirsten Foster, Mark McKinney, Ben Schnetzer and Susan Kelechi Watson join Helen Hunt in Eureka Day at The Old Vic this September

    Cast announced to join Helen Hunt in Eureka Day at The Old Vic

    Kirsten Foster, Mark McKinney, Ben Schnetzer and Susan Kelechi Watson join Helen Hunt in Eureka Day at The Old Vic this September

    The Old Vic and Sonia Friedman Productions have today announced the cast and creative team for Jonathan Spector’s multi award-winning Eureka Day, which has its European premiere at The Old Vic this September, directed by Katy Rudd (The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Camp Siegfried).

    Joining the previously announced Academy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It GetsThe Sessions, Mad About You) are Kirsten Foster (Life of Pi, The Sandman) as May, Mark McKinney (The Kids in the Hall, Superstore) as Don, Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief, Pride) as Eli and Susan Kelechi Watson (This is Us, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood) as Carina.

    Set against the backdrop of a mumps outbreak at a progressive private elementary school in California in 2017, Eureka Day is a satire on the quest for consensus; the central question of ‘to vaccinate’ or ‘not to vaccinate’ taking on a whole new meaning in 2022.

    The creative team are also announced with Set and Costume by Rob Howell, Lighting by Jon Clark, Sound by Donato Wharton, Video by Andrzej Goulding, Music by Jherek Bischoff, Casting by Jim Carnahan, Voice by Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth and Dialect by Penny Dyer. The Baylis Assistant Director is Aaliyah McKay.

    Eureka Day will play from 06 September to 31 October 2022 at The Old Vic.



    By Jonathan Spector

    Directed by Katy Rudd

    Starring Helen Hunt

    With Kirsten Foster, Mark McKinney, Ben Schnetzer and Susan Kelechi Watson

    An Old Vic and Sonia Friedman Productions co-production 


    06 Sep–31 Oct 2022
    Press night: 23 Sep 2022

    ‘If consensus was easy, everyone would do it.’

    Every child is welcomed at the progressive Eureka Day school in Berkeley, California – it’s a point of pride for the parents on the Executive Committee.

    But when a public health scare erupts, it turns out tolerance and togetherness are no match for mumps…

    In Jonathan Spector’s timely and hysterical comedy, polite debate descends into ideological warfare, as a democratic utopia tears itself apart.

    Eureka Day creative team

    Director – Katy Rudd
    Set and Costume – Rob Howell
    Lighting – Jon Clark
    Sound – Donato Wharton
    Video – Andrzej Goulding
    Composer – Jherek Bischoff
    Casting – Jim Carnahan
    Voice – Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth
    Dialect – Penny Dyer
    Baylis Assistant Director – Aaliyah McKay

    ‘The perfect play for our age of disagreement.’ New York Times

    Suitable for ages 14+


    Helen Hunt
    Helen Hunt, photo by John Russo

    Theatre includes: Our TownTwelfth NightLife x 3Working: A Musical (Broadway); Our Town (Barrow Street Theater/Broad Stage, Santa Monica); The Taming of the Shrew (New York Shakespeare Festival); Been Taken (EST); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Center, LA); The GuysMethusalem (The Actor’s Gang); The Value of Names (Skylight Theater); Love Letters (US tour). Television includes: Mad About You – four Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award, Empire FallsBlindspotting. Film includes: As Good As It Gets – Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress, The Sessions – Academy Award nomination, BAFTA nomination, RideThen She Found MeSoul SurferWhat Women WantCast AwayMr Saturday NightTwister.

    Kirsten Foster
    Kirsten Foster

    Theatre includes: Life of Pi(West End); Much Ado About Nothing (Dubai Opera House); Around the World in 80 Days (UK tour) OthelloMacbeth(Lyric Hammersmith/HOME Manchester); Romeo and JulietThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (US tour). Television includes: Rain DogsNightingaleGrantchesterDoctorsVeraThe SandmanA Discovery of WitchesJekyll and HydeCritical. Kirsten trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

    Mark McKinney
    Mark McKinney

    Theatre includes: Fuddy Mears (Manhattan Theatre Club); A Flea in Her Ear (Criterion Center). Television includes: Saturday Night Live3rd Rock from the SunWanda at Large, Corner GasKevin HillSpun OutStudio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Sportsnight, The Kids in the Hall, Death Comes to Town, Slings and Arrows – two Gemini Awards, Less than Kind – Canadian Comedy Award, SuperstoreMan Seeking Woman. Film includes: Saddest Music in the WorldFalling AngelsThe Ladies Man, SuperstarThe Out of TownersSpice WorldDog Park – Genie Award. 

    Ben Schnetzer
    Ben Schnetzer

    Theatre includes: The Nap (Manhattan Theater Club); Sticks and Bones (Pershing Square Signature Center). Television includes: The Three Body ProblemY: The Last ManThe Truth About the Harry?Quebert?AffairHappy Town. Film includes: The GiantThe GrizzliesGoatPrideSaint JudyThe Death and Life of John?F?Donovan7 Days in EntebbeJourney Is the DestinationSnowdenWarcraftThe?Riot ClubPoshThe Book Thief.    

    Susan Kelechi Watson
    Susan Kelechi Watson

    Theatre includes: A Naked Girl on the Appian Way (Broadway); Merry Wives (Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park); MarleyThe Story (Public Theater); Core Values (Off-Broadway); Twelfth Night of What You WillA Raisin in the Sun (Westport Country Playhouse). Television includes: This Is Us – two Screen Actors Guild Awards, three NAACP Image Award nominations, two Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations, The Blacklist, The Following, Louie, NCIS, Between the World and Me.Television as Executive Producer includes: Between the World and Me. Film includes: A Beautiful Day in the NeighbourhoodSmall, Beautifully Moving Parts, Blackout. Film as Executive Producer includes: Premature.

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