Vaccination Debate Takes Center Stage in 'Eureka Day'

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Lisa Anne Porter, Elizabeth Carter, Rolf Saxon, Teddy Spencer and Charisse Loriaux in Jonathan Spector's 'Eureka Day.' (David Allen/Aurora Theatre)

What happens when you discover a profound ideological rift separates you from people you thought you knew? Director-turned-playwright Jonathan Spector explores the psychological fallout in his new play, “Eureka Day,” which premiered last week at Berkeley’s Aurora Theater. The plot centers on a fictional private school in Berkeley where all decisions are made by parent consensus. Everything is going fine until the parents are faced with an unexpectedly explosive -- and divisive -- topic: vaccination. Spector joins Forum to discuss the inspiration for the play, and the deeper themes within it.

Jonathan Spector, playwright, "Eureka Day"