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The Neo-Futurists to Present SATURN RETURNS

Saturn Returns makes its second pass at The Neo-Futurarium this March. The inaugural production of The Neo-Lab has had several months to continue the exploration of Tif Harrison's play since the open house on October 15. This workshop performance also features audience-artist dialogue and Poems While You Wait, Typewritten Poetry on Demand. Check out the video trailer here:

Tif Harrison and Elisabeth Barnick state, "Since October, each ensemble member has been developing a personal narrative in response to the question 'why do we look up?' After we turned from the vastness of the cosmos back to ourselves, we found we'd all landed in the untidy moments that send tremors through the sense of control we have over our own lives.

The responses we have are natural: pain, frustration, anger, ridicule, humorous deflection, and forgetting. But we are also trying to imagine ways to not have control, ways of living in ruin, ways of writing ourselves as the flayed tragi-comic creatures we are. This material started as five independently crafted 'lectures' that we are now weaving together in the rehearsal room."

Saturn Returns Workshop Performance

Created by Tif Harrison

Directed by Elisabeth Barnick

Monday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8

Light refreshments provided by Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine

Presented through The Neo-Lab workshop program

The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland

For tickets or information, visit or call 773-275-5255.

When we're afraid of being alone, why do we look up?

Saturn Returns is a two-year Neo-Futuristic exploration that asks larger existential questions about time, patience, and the vast expanse of an unknowable universe. Not content simply with looking inward, Tif Harrison and 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.

Poems While You Wait creates personalized poems by request on a 1917 Corona typewriter. Participants receive a signed copy of their poem. Visit

Neo-Lab is an original works residency that annually commissions one new play anchored by innovative approaches to creation. Offering public presentations and opportunities for audience interaction throughout the season, Neo-Lab supports artist retreats and stipends, public readings and presentations, and a full production the following season. During the 2015-16 season, Neo-Lab's inaugural workshop is Ensemble Member Tif Harrison's Saturn Returns.

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine is happy to be the evening's Opening Night Partner, providing their signature artisan cheeses and bread, and the event will include libations as well. Information about Pastoral can be found at

Tif Harrison (Creator) has been an Ensemble Member of The Neo-Futurists since 2011. In addition to writing and performing regularly in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, Tif was a writer and performed in The Miss Neo Pageant, directed Analog, and served as an editor for the company's most recent book, The Neo-Futurists: Body. She has performed at live lit events like The Paper Machete and Drinking & Writing's Annual Beerfly Alleyfight. When not on stage, Tif runs a micro-press called Sunday Home Press publishing zines and mini-comics.

Elisabeth Barnick (Director) has worked as a Dramaturg, Assistant Director, and Director in Chicago, New York, and California. This will be her first time working with The Neo-Futurists.

The cast of Saturn Returns includes: Kurt Chiang who is Co-Artistic Director and ensemble member of The Neo-Futurists where his credits include Analog (Creator/Writer), Haymaker (Director) and the current season's new recurring show The Arrow (Co-creator); Tif Harrison; Lily Mooney who is a Neo-Futurist ensemble member and Co-creator of The Arrow; Kirsten Riiber who is a Neo-Futurist ensemble member, and Andrew Tham who designs sound and composes for short films and the musical duo Kai-Ye.

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