Parent Guide: Bright Star

Bright Star logoAGE ADVISORY:

“Bright Star” contains some mature themes that may be more appropriate and relevant to pre-teens and older.


Inspired by a real event, “Bright Star” tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 1940s. “Bright Star” is the story of one woman at two different points in her life: First, when she is young and carefree in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and, second, when she is a magazine editor 22 years later. Her story is woven with that of an idealistic young man with whom she shares a mysterious connection.


Steve Martin and Edie Brickel

“Bright Star” is the product of a collaboration between Grammy®, Emmy® and Academy Award®-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award®-winning Edie Brickell. Steve Martin originally came into the public eye as a comedy writer and stand-up comedian, making frequent appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “Saturday Night Live.”

Since the 1980s, Martin has become a successful actor, as well as an author, playwright, pianist, and banjo player. In 2013, Martin collaborated on a bluegrass music album with Edie Brickell called “Love Has Come for You,” which eventually led to the development of “Bright Star.”

“Bright Star” is not Martin’s first time writing for the stage. In 1993, Martin wrote his first full-length play, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” The play features the characters of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile (French: “Nimble Rabbit”) in Paris.


In 1986, “What I Am,” Edie Brickell’s song with The New Bohemians, reached number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.


  1. Alice Murphy is a talented career woman despite having to overcome a traumatic event in her past. What challenges have you had to overcome to achieve a goal?
  2. Billy Cane is a young man with dreams of becoming a successful writer. What is your dream profession? Why?
  3. Forgiveness is a central theme in “Bright Star.” Can you think of a time when you had to forgive someone for something that they did to you? How were you able to move on?


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2 Responses to Parent Guide: Bright Star

  1. Kathy Rurak says:

    On May 1st my grand nephew will be celebrating his 11th birthday – his first birthday without his father who past away in Sept. 2017. Young Patrick loves theater and is constantly performing in plays. I would love to give him a poster of Bright Star with Steve Martin’s birthday message/ signature. It would mean so much to him. Is it possible for me to get such a poster? Thank you.

    • Harmony Wheeler says:

      Hi Kathy – Happy birthday to your nephew! We’re sorry to hear about the loss of his father. Unfortunately, Bright Star has already come and gone and we are unable to get a poster for your nephew. You might try contacting the tour directly.

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