Broadway actors Paul Slade Smith and Anne Bowles have joined the cast of Asolo Repertory Theatre's Eureka Day, written by Jonathan Spector. The new play begins previews May 11, followed by opening night May 13. It will runs through June 4 at FSU Center for the Performing Arts's Cook Theatre.
The cast is composed of performers making their debut in the theatre company. Smith plays Don, Bowles plays Suzanne, Jasmine Bracey plays Carina, Celia Mei Rubin plays Meiko, Chris Amos play Eli, and Trezure Coles as Winter. Understudies include Jessica Eckenrod, Zoë Kim, Sharon Pearlman, Jordan Rich, and Mikhail Roberts.
Directed by Bianca LaVerne Jones, the play follows an illness spreading at Eureka Day School that is on the merge of becoming an epidemic. Described as a comedy, the synopsis teases interpersonal conflicts between members of the community. It poses the question: When does "us" become "them"?
The show will host multiple talkback experiences, following Tuesday performances May 17, 24, and 31.
"Hold on to your mask,” Jones said. “I don't know if our audience will be laughing or crying through this one, but they will definitely relate. This play was written before the pandemic, and it really hits home. The actors we’ve assembled to tell this story have wonderful craftsmanship, and our rehearsal room is going to be dynamic."
The creative team includes scenic design by Riw Rakkulchon; costume design by Devario D. Simmons; sound design by Matthew Parker; projection design by Paul Deziel; and hair, wig and makeup design by Michelle Hart.
For more information, visit AsoloRep.org.