Drama. By Joanne Koch.
Cast: 1m., 1w. Stardust won the 2007 Nantucket Short Play Competition and was deemed by its literary manager as "one of the very best treatments of high-school age issues that I have read." In Stardust, two young people—one trusting, introspective and blind, the other suspicious, defensive and sighted—share a moment of intimacy and conflict while awaiting signs of life in outer space. Luanne insists this is not a date with the handsome Arthur. Yet she is attracted to him and curious about his preoccupation with astronomy, even jealous of his constant monitoring for a possible radio signal that might come at any time indicating intelligent life light-years away. Arthur has loved the feisty Luanne all through senior year. He is overwhelmed being alone with her, even if it isn't a date. Luanne, abandoned by her father as a baby, brought up by a hard-working waitress mother, has learned not to trust expressions of affection. She almost believes Arthur's spare but heartfelt confession but feels she must put him to the test. Stardust is a coming-of-age love story, a subtly evocative look into the world of a person with an obvious physical handicap, an even more clever look into the world of someone with a far less-obvious emotional handicap, and a mystery as to whether hope and love are strong enough to overcome that baggage. Unit set. Approximate running time: 30 minutes.