Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt. Photo by John Russo

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

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.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION 

EUREKA DAY

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 

EUROPEAN PREMIERE

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+

Cast

Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt, photo by John Russo

HELEN HUNT
Suzanne
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

KIRSTEN FOSTER
May
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

MARK MCKINNEY  
Don 
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

BEN SCHNETZER  
Eli  
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

SUSAN KELECHI WATSON
Carina
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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