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Photo Flash: First Look at The Neo-Futurists' SATURN RETURNS, Opening Tonight

The Neo-Futurists present world premiere of Neo-Futurist Ensemble Member Tif Harrison's Saturn Returns, A Neo-Lab production, supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, now through November 19, at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. Saturn Returns is created by Tif Harrison, directed by Jen Ellison and featuring the writing and performances of: Kurt Chiang*, Tif Harrison*, Lily Mooney*, Kirsten Riiber* and Andrew Tham. Opening night is tonight, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Six months after turning 29, Saturn Returns creator, Tif Harrison, received a crash course in loss. Her mother's cross-country move, the death of her father and a break-up had Harrison reaching into the corners of the universe for anything that would stand still. Saturn Returns is a Neo-Futuristic exploration that asks larger existential questions about time, patience and the vast expanse of an unknowable universe. Tif Harrison and the ensemble look upward and outward, offering observations on the silence and solitude of space, on the uncrossable distances between celestial bodies and the intimacy of standing next to somebody you love. Saturn Returns examines both the astronomical and astrological implications of Saturn's solar orbit- a 29-year journey- to observe various dramatic changes that have manifested in the lives of the individuals on stage.

Saturn Returns, a part of The Neo-Futurists new work residency Neo-Lab, held open workshops and showings for the past year, culminating in a final workshop performance at The Neo-Futurist Kitchen: a micro-festival on art and performance. Writer and Creator Harrison says, "Taking the time to search for the core of the show, while sharing our progress with audiences along the way, has helped us discover the new questions. This project began with, "Why do we look up?" Spending over a year pondering, the answers have led us to now wonder, "Can you learn to believe?" and "What do we choose to believe in and what do we dismiss?""

Performances run Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices for previews and Thursdays are pay what you can; for the regular run, tickets are $10-25. Tickets and information are available at neofuturists.org or 773.275.5255. * denotes an active member of The Neo-Futurist Ensemble

Photo Credit: Joe Mazza at Brave Lux


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