TreasureTrove Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre presents The European Premiere of SATURN RETURNS by Noah Haidle.
Directed by Adam Lenson. Designed by Bec Chippendale. Lighting by James Smith. Sound by Sean Ephgrave.
Cast: Lisa Caruccio Came. Richard Evans. Nicholas Gecks. Christopher Harper.
The UK debut of Noah Haidle, one of America's most exciting young playwrights.
"There are echoes.
Do you know what I mean?
They were here.
And then they weren't.
And I have to stay here.
Because this is where they were."
Every thirty years, the planet Saturn returns to the same place in the universe it occupied on the day of your birth. Its arrival is said to herald pivotal events in a person's life.
In Saturn Returns, we follow one man, Gustin Novak, at the ages of 28, 58 and 88, as he reaches a series of crossroads with three key women and comes to understand how the echoes of the past have defined the orbit of his life.
An enthralling time-bending structure allows us to watch Gustin over a period of sixty years in a series of deftly interwoven scenes. Moving from wry humour to touching poignancy, this new play from one of American theatre's brightest new voices unashamedly looks for answers to life's big questions.
Playwright Noah Haidle is one of America's most exciting young writers and "a name to watch" (LA Times). Saturn Returns marks his UK debut, and he is working directly with the director to develop and expand the piece for this London staging. Saturn Returns was first produced in 2008 where it had a sell-out run at Lincoln Center Theater, New York City.
His other work includes Persephone (Huntington Theater Company, University of Boston), Vigils (Goodman Theatre, Chicago, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington DC), Mr. Marmalade (Roundabout Theatre, New York, and South Coast Repertory, California), Princess Marjorie (South Coast Repertory, California) and Rag and Bone (Long Wharf Theatre, Connecticut). He has taught playwriting at Princeton University, the Kennedy Center and in Kenya and Uganda as part of The Sundance Theatre Institute. He is a graduate of Princeton University and The Juilliard School, where he was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright-in-Residence. He is the recipient of three Lincoln Center Le Compte Du Nuoy Awards, the 2005 Helen Merrill Award for emerging playwrights, the 2007 Claire Tow Award, and an NEA/TCG theatre residenCy Grant. He lives in Brooklyn, New York City.
Director Adam Lenson returns to the Finborough Theatre where he previously directed the European premieres of Little Fish (2009) and Ordinary Days (2008). Other directing includes The Family (Public Theater, New York), These Memories Must Go, Cell Begat Cell (Old Vic Theatre), The Rain King (Hampstead Theatre Start Night), Immaculate (Etcetera Theatre), Hades (The Company Project at Theatre 503) and Bifurcated (Southwark Playhouse, Nabakov's Present : Tense). Assistant and Resident Directing includes The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Vaudeville Theatre), Six Degrees Of Separation (Old Vic Theatre), An Inspector Calls (West End and National Tour), La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End), Talent (Menier Chocolate Factory) and The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre).