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Star Bright by Robert A. Eiland

ISBN #1933159979


  • DEHLIA CHANCE: A young pregnant woman in her twenties
  • MYRNA WILY: Holly�s mother. She is opposed to Holly�s adoption plan
  • NURSE LYDIA TOUCHĖ: A nurse by day/aspiring screenwriter by day and night
  • NADIA*: A mysterious young girl around ten who knows too much about nuclear fusion
  • JAMIE LYN DAY: An aspiring adoptive mother and B-horror movie actress with a cult following
  • ELLIOT STEINGARD: Jamie�s ambivalent husband; a microbiologist
  • HOLLY WILY: A pregnant teenage girl matched for adoption with Jamie and Elliot
  • RUSSELL: CHANCE: Dehlia�s unreliable partner
  • STEVIE STEINGARD (Voice Over): Elliot�s son from a first marriage.
  • DOOLEY THOMAS: Holly�s ex-boyfriend who works in a pit crew for a NASCAR team


Set in the birth clinic of a small Southern hospital, the ceiling of which is a magical starlit sky, Star Bright is a �dramedy� centering around the attempt of a troubled married couple to adopt a baby from a youthful birth mother whose adoption decision is not looked kindly upon by all members of her family�or by her former boyfriend, the father of the child. The aspiring adoptive mother is a B-movie actress with a cult following that includes one of the clinic nurses, who is also an aspiring screenwriter. We follow this story in parallel with that of another pregnant woman in the same hospital who is waiting for her characteristically unreliable partner to show, and who has personal challenges of her own. Popping in and out of the action is a mysterious little girl who can only be seen by three of the other characters, and who seems to know more than she should about nuclear fusion.

The Setting

The Pediatric Ward at the Beauville Medical Clinic somewhere in the Southeastern U.S. We see a waiting room furnished with several chairs, a couch and a side table or two. The prints on the walls are mostly brightly colored pieces that would appeal to children, and have various family togetherness themes. One however is of a beautiful mountain and ocean scene in Acadia National Park. A nursing station desk separates this area from Birthing Room 1. Birthing Room 1 is a simple curtain setup, and can be opened and closed from onstage or offstage. The curtain is drawn now. Behind and above the clinic is a starlit sky, giving the Magritte-like impression that the action is both inside a building as well as under the heavens.

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Bob EilandAuthor Biography
BOB EILAND has published three plays, all "dramadies," with JAC Publishing and Promotions. Philosophical Differences was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Writers Digest script competition, and was accepted for production by Stageloft Repertory Theatre for its New Playwrights Competition.
Super Cooper and Star Bright received staged readings in Northborough, MA and Harvard, MA respectively. They are all available for purchase on amazon.com. He is a current member of the Merrimack Valley Playwrights group in Lowell, and Founder/ex-President of a Shakespeare-in-the-Park theater group in Medfield, MA, the Gazebo Players. Bob has been active as a director, producer and actor for many years. He directed The Miracle Worker, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Night of the Iguana at Arlington Friends of the Drama, as well as Androcles and the Lion, Murder Has Been Arranged and The Most Dangerous Woman, a one-woman play about Mother Jones written by his father, Ted Eiland, at other venues around Boston and Worcester. He directs, produces and acts in staged readings of Old Time Radio scripts at his home town library in Harvard, MA annually. As an actor, he has performed as Charly in Flowers for Algernon, John Proctor in The Crucible, Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, Biff in Death of a Salesman, and Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace. His film work include principal roles in Michael Legge's Braindrainer, Night Basement and Alien Agenda: Under the Skin; as well as in Teja Arboleda's Got Race!

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