See Who's Joining Oscar Winner Helen Hunt in Vaccine-Themed Comedy Eureka Day at London's Old Vic | Playbill

International News See Who's Joining Oscar Winner Helen Hunt in Vaccine-Themed Comedy Eureka Day at London's Old Vic

Jonathan Spector's new play made its Off-Broadway debut in 2019.

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Casting is now complete for the European premiere of Jonathan Spector's Eureka Day, set to play London's The Old Vic September 6–October 31 with an official opening September 23. 

Katy Rudd (Camp Siegfried, The Ocean at the End of the Lane) will direct.

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Joining the previously announced Academy, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Helen Hunt will be 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 Neighborhood) as Carina.

The timely play follows Carina, who has just become a freshman member of the board of directors at her son's new private school. A mumps outbreak hits the school, setting off a heated debate between parents—and a deluge of Facebook trolls.

The production will also have set and costume design by Rob Howell, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound design by Donato Wharton, video design by Andrzej Goulding, music by Jherek Bischoff, casting by Jim Carnahan, voice coaching by Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth, and dialect coaching by Penny Dyer. The Baylis Assistant Director is Aaliyah McKay.

Eureka Day premiered at California's Aurora Theater in 2018 and played an Off-Broadway run at Colt Coeur in 2019. The upcoming production will be co-presented with Sonia Friedman Productions (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), possibly indicating further commercial plans for the staging.

Best known for her Oscar-winning screen work, including As Good As It Gets and TV's Mad About You, Hunt has appeared on stage in Our Town, Twelfth Night, and Life x 3 on Broadway; Our Town and The Taming of the Shrew Off-Broadway; and a U.S. tour of Love Letters.

Spector's plays include This Much I Know, Siesta Key, Good. Better. Best. Bested., and Best Available.



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