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2020 Winners Announced

Starlight Community Theater is pleased to announce The Present Tense written by local playwright Eric Bond as the winner of the 2020 Starlight Community Theater Playwriting Contest. As the winner, Mr. Bond’s play will receive a virtual production this spring and given consideration for a full production in subsequent seasons. At the conclusion of the staged reading, the audience will be able to participate in a talk back session with the playwright, director and actors.

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The Present Tense is a family drama with a sci-fi twist. The story follows the familial struggles of Captain Belle Crozier; an astronaut seeking a balance between her earthly ties and her passionate longing for the stars. Mr. Bond, the playwright, is thrilled to see his playwrighting debut at Starlight Community Theater. Eric has been an aspiring playwright for several years, and an actor for much longer. From stage to screen to audiobooks, you can keep up with his career Mr. Bond said, (I am) “deeply thankful to have this opportunity with such a wonderful company. (I am) indebted to my family and friends for their continued support and love.”

Starlight is also pleased to honor the runner-up in this year’s contest. Simply, I Love You, written by Matthew Eads, is a personal journey of love, passion, heartbreak and friendship. This show is about two young men who find one another at just the right moment in time. But of course, perfection is impossible and every relationship has its trials and tribulations! There is no doubt these two men belong in each other’s orbit, but their relationship may not end up like they expect. “This is the second full length show I have written, that will be staged by Starlight Community Theatre, and I feel so blessed!” said Mr. Eads. Simply, I Love You will also receive a virtual production this spring.

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The purpose of Starlight’s annual Playwrighting Contest is to encourage new works for the stage by providing an opportunity for Arizona residents to engage in the playwriting process. Starlight Community Theater values the time and talent needed to write a play. Submissions were collected in the early fall and an anonymous committee read and scored all the entries to determine a winner.


Last year’s winner was Holy Matrimony! written by Dan Marburger. Holy Matrimony! enjoyed a full stage production at Starlight Community Theater November 13-15, 2020. The 2018 winner was The Lost Girl, a D.H. Lawrence classic re-imagined by Germaine Shames. The Lost Girl received a staged reading on April 27, 2019. Look for an announcement in late spring about the 2021 Playwriting Contest. Inquiries about the contest to