Latest Incarnation of Noah Haidle's Saturn Returns to Bow in Philadelphia

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Noah Haidle's life-spanning work Saturn Returns, which has been reshaped since its American premiere at Lincoln Center Theater in 2008, will be staged by Philadelphia's Theatre Exile in April.

Noah Haidle
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Brenna Geffers will stage the play that presents a portrait of its central character at the ages of 28, 58 and 88. The work takes its cue from the astrological phenomenon of the Saturn Return, where the planet returns to the same position in the sky that it held at the moment a person is born roughly every 30 years.

Previews will begin April 28 for a run through May 22. Haidle revisited the script for a 2009 staging at South Coast Rep and continued to work on the piece for a London production at the Finborough Theatre last fall. The Theatre Exile production marks the U.S. premiere of the latest incarnation of Saturn Returns.

The cast will include Harry Philibosian as 88-year-old Gustin, Joe Canuso as Gustin at 58 and David Raphealy 28-year-old Gustin. Amanda Schoonover will play the female roles.

According to Theatre Exile, Saturn Returns "focuses on three pivotal days in the life of Gustin Novak, at the ages of 28, 58 and 88. Around him circle the shadows of his wife, his daughter, his caretaker and his former selves. As his past plays out before him again and again, Gustin pits his wicked sense of humor and sharp wit against the pain of endless goodbyes."

Haidle's plays include Mr. Marmalade, What Is the Cause of Thunder? and Persephone.

Visit Theatre Exile for tickets.

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