ktc_always plenty of light at the starlight all night diner logoA world premiere play by Darcy Parker Bruce
Running February 22 – March 16 

When an asteroid threatens the earth, the logical escape is your favorite diner, right? Especially when that diner just might be… a Time Machine.

It’s just your average night at the Starlight All-Night Diner – coffee, cigarettes, secret longings begging to be confessed, a mysterious comet in the night’s sky – you know, the usual.

Overnight janitor Sam and her very pregnant compatriot, late-night waitress Jessa, are passing the time polishing the fixtures and polishing off some coconut cream pie.

But just as Sam is ready to spill her heart, in bursts the frantically brilliant Dr. Moxie and his graduate assistant, Danni, with a revelation that the comet isn’t just a pretty celestial event – it’s the end of the world as we know it.

Armed with a coffee maker, a backup generator, and a conveniently-timed scientific breakthrough, Dr. Moxie has a plan to get the ladies of his favorite diner out of harm’s way.

But of course, even the most brilliant scientist can’t account for every variable…

In this charmingly queer love story, the stakes are more than life-and-death – they’re life-or-extinction. Previously workshopped at New York’s Fresh Fruit Festival in 2016, Darcy Parker Bruce’s Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner is a world premiere adventure story about finding hope and connection in the face of insurmountable odds.

Know Theatre’s own Community Relations Manager Alice Flanders returns to the director’s chair after 2018’s hit comedy Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood by Adam Szymkowicz. And she has assembled a cast of some of Cincinnati’s brightest stars to breathe life into the Starlight:

Leah Strasser returns to the Know MainStage, after her unforgettable turn as Alanna Dale in 2018’s Marian…, as the very pregnant, very conflicted Jessa; whose friendship with overnight janitor Sam is…complicated. Played by Lormarev Jones, fresh from her onstage adventures at The Carnegie in Hunchback of Notre Dame and Dreamgirls, Sam has a lot more emotional baggage than she can fit in her trusty pick-up truck – and even more devotion to Jessa.

The one and only Michael Burnham, whose production of Corpus Christi in 2003 made the Know just a little bit infamous, joins us onstage for the first time since 2010 as Dr. Moxie, whose devotion to the Starlight diner, its denizens, and its coffee is exceeded only by his hunger for scientific knowledge (and his desire to survive the apocalypse).

And making her Know Theatre MainStage debut as his beleaguered but optimistic graduate assistant Danni is Maggie Cramer, who comes to us after spending a season with our neighbors at Ensemble Theatre as part of their apprentice company.

What can you expect from Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All-Night Diner?

Witty banter, rich relationships, tender moments, wacky antics, lesbian love stories. And maybe a dinosaur. Producing Artistic Director Andrew Hungerford chose this play to carry us through the February doldrums because:

At its core, Starlight is about people who love each other coming together in a time of darkness to confront the impossible. Who and what do we rely on when we run out of road? Clearly the answers are, in no particular order: friends, love, coffee, science, and pie. I think that’s an important message for everyone to hear in a bleak midwinter. 

See what happens when you run out of places (and time) to run from your problems in Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All-Night Diner by Darcy Parker Bruce, playing February 22 – March 16 at Your Theatrical Playground.

Cast in Alphabetical Order

  • Dr. Moxie – Michael Burnham
  • Danni – Maggie Cramer
  • Sam – Lormarev Jones
  • Jessa – Leah Strasser 

Production Team

  • Director –  Alice Flanders
  • Scenic & Lighting Designer – Andrew J. Hungerford
  • Costume Designer – Noelle Johnston
  • Sound & Projections Designer – Douglas Borntrager
  • Prop Designer – Rebecca Armstrong 

Calendar Listing

Production:  ALWAYS PLENTY OF LIGHT AT THE STARLIGHT ALL-NIGHT DINER by Darcy Parker Bruce – a world premiere


  • 8:00 pm February 22, 23, 27, 28; March 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • 3:00 pm February 24; March 3*, 10
    *A pre-show brunch is available on this date with purchase of $35 “Brunch + Show” tickets in advance.  Brunch provided by Water Tower Fine Wines.

Know Theatre of Cincinnati. 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
In historic Over-the-Rhine.


  • $25 regular price tickets
  • $35 “Living Wage” tickets, supporting working artists in Cincinnati
  • $15 Rush tickets at the door 10 minutes prior to curtain (when available)
  • FREE walk-up tickets are available on Wednesdaysas part of Know’s Welcome Experiment.
    Advance reservations to Welcome Experiment performances are $5.00.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling 513.300.5669 (KNOW). 

This production made possible through the generosity of Joshua Wallace. 

Season Design sponsorship provided by Travis McElroy. 

Additional MainStage support provided by
The Louise Taft Semple Foundation
The John A. Schroth Charitable Trust, PNC Bank Charitable Trust Committee 

Know Theatre is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience. Know Theatre seeks to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible. 

Know Theatre’s work is made possible, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign 

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. 

Know Theatre is also supported by The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving. 

 Know Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group and an Associate Member of the National New Play Network. 

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