Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner

Darcy Parker Bruce
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A SUPER queer time travel adventure. With dinosaurs. A cross between Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, and Fried Green Tomatoes. In this charming love story, the stakes are more than life and death; they’re life or extinction.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (3 female, 1 male)
Full Length Drama (about 60 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“A title like ALWAYS PLENTY OF LIGHT AT THE STARLIGHT ALL NIGHT DINER tells you a lot about what kind of play you’re going to see. You’ve got a setting, a theme, a symbol and a lengthiness that suggests a healthy eccentricity … A waitress and janitor are working the overnight shift at the Starlight All Night Diner. Jessa, the waitress, is pregnant and married to someone who is not up to the task. Sam, the janitor, is rough around the edges and lives in her truck. It’s almost immediately apparent that Sam is in love with Jessa, which Sam somehow thinks she’s hiding very well. Outside, a passing comet — Comet Killjoy — is creating an unnaturally bright night sky. Enter Dr Moxie and his graduate assistant, Danni. They come to their favorite diner like a gale, bringing notes, mysterious specimen jars and a frenetic tension that soon spreads. Killjoy, they explain, is neither passing nor a comet. It’s an asteroid that will crash into the Earth and destroy life as we know it. Luckily, they seem to have a plan — one that revolves around making a fresh pot of coffee exactly at midnight. As the clock races toward midnight, Jessa and Danni tie up the loose threads of their lives. Danni tries to reconcile with her parents, who believe her attraction to other women is a rebellious phase. Jessa calls her husband and tries to get him to at least go outside and look at Killjoy (he’s too busy with I Love Lucy). Then there’s a bright light, a deafening roar, and the meat of the story begins. This play is nothing if not original. Playwright Darcy Parker Bruce makes unexpected decisions that lead to interesting, unfamiliar outcomes. She deliberately avoids common apocalyptic tropes, starting with the fact that her survivors are an old, eccentric professor, two lesbians and an expectant mother of a young girl. They have a future, but it has a likely expiration date, which actually relieves a significant amount of tension. When propagating humanity is no longer a viable option, the characters are given unprecedented freedom for self-discovery. That freedom plays out beautifully. The cast of characters feels strangely thrown together at first, but each is perfectly suited for the situation. Dr Moxie is taking a lifetime of research into its stunning conclusion. Danni’s failed reconciliation with her parents leaves her ready to build a new life somewhere else. Jessa is terrified of raising a baby on her own, and Sam wants nothing more than to be there for her.” —Zach Moning, Arts Wave

About the Author


  • Darcy Parker Bruce

    Darcy Parker Bruce is a graduate of the MFA Playwriting program at Smith College. In the summer they join the Sewanee Writers' Conference as part of their staff. Darcy was the recipient of a 2017 Tennessee Williams Scholarship through the Sewanee Writers' Conference and was a 2019 LAMBDA Literary Fellow. In 2018 they were granted ATHE's Judith Royer Award For Excellence in Theater for their play SOLDIER POET. They are currently working on several projects including a cycle of plays investigating the relationship between small towns, queers, and American Glory. Their most recent commission, TO THE MOON AND BACK, opened at Chester Theater Company in August of 2022. Their work can now be purchased through Broadway Play Publishing. They are most recently Writing-in-Residence with Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Iceland.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 11/25/2020
Pages 58
ISBN 9780881458855

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:
The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


2/29/2024 – 3/3/2024
Fisher Theater
Ames, IA

1/12/2024 – 1/28/2024
Mesa Encore Theatre
Mesa, AZ

11/11/2022 – 11/20/2022
Community Colleges Of Spokane
Spokane, WA

5/31/2022 – 6/1/2022
The King David School
Armadale, VIC, Australia