The title of the play, Saturn’s Return, refers to an astrological event that occurs every 28 years when Saturn returns to the same point on the astrological chart as the moment of birth. This return represents the tearing away of illusion and the sometimes cruel reality check that forces us to face facts we’d rather ignore. For Benedict this is his second return and is perhaps the most cruel. In the first, his lover, George, died of AIDS, while in the second his adopted child is killed in a freak auto accident involving a dark country road, a girlfriend, and the rutting season of deer. The play is the telling of how two families face the unimaginable task of planning the funerals of their teenage children killed in that same auto accident. The four adults, a lesbian and gay couple, must navigate this ritual of mourning while confronting generational conflicts and long-buried religious issues that haunt their choices. Through soul searching, the illusion of memory, and the unexpected grace of strangers, these couples grapple with their gravitational grief only to rediscover their unending capacity to love.
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Richard Reardon is a Chicago-based playwright/novelist. He is a member of Three Brothers Theater resident playwright residency program. His work is featured on the MonologueBank site and his play “Saturn’s Return” will be receiving its mainstage world premiere production in April-May 2020 at the Three Brothers Theater. He was recently awarded a residency at the Ragdale Foundation and had two of his plays included in the Writer’s Bloc Table Reading Series and theater festival. “Down the Rabbit-Hole” will be included in the Fresh Scripts series at Three Brothers in March. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The Vermont College of Fine Arts, a Masters in English Literature from Northeastern Illinois University, and a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Prior to writing, Richard was a professional actor appearing in productions at the Goodman Theatre, Auditorium Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, and the Kennedy Center. He was a cast member in Midwest premiers of Baby, Forbidden Broadway, March of the Falsettos, and for nearly a decade in the Broadway touring company of The Phantom of the Opera.
Joan Mazzonelli has produced, directed, and designed for the theater in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City. Theater pieces she has written include: Border Crossing with Marianne Kallen; Reasonable Terms with Marianne Kallen and Karena Mendoza; Bottom’s Dream with James L. Kurtz, an adaptation of All in the Laundry by Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood; and High Fidelity and The Proposal with Philip Seward. Directing projects in Chicago include: Verve by Fran Zell and Karena Mendoza and Cancerman by J. Linn Allen, both in the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival; Oak Street Beach by Barbara Georgans in the Chicago Writers’ Bloc 2019 Festival; The Green Light in the 2019 Young Playwrights Festival at Pegasus Theatre Chicago; Muffins by J. Linn Allen in the 2015 Premiere Premieres Music Comedy: Live Festival; Sincerely Yours by Philip Seward and Barbara Georgans for the Arts at St. James; Circus Boys by Charmaine Spencer and Russell Coutinho at the Actors’ Gymnasium; Nobody Likes Retsina, a site specific musical, by Philp Seward, Barbara Georgans and Jon Steinhagen, at the Parthenon Restaurant for Stockyard Theatre Project. Joan has happily served in leadership roles with City Lit Theater, ShPIel Performing Identity, Griffin Theatre, Midwest New Musicals at Light Opera Works (now Music Theatre Works), Athenaeum Theatre, Theatre Building Chicago, New Tuners Theatre, Illinois Theatre Association, National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Chicago Dance and Music Alliance, Child’s Play Touring Theatre, League of Chicago Theatres, Season of Concern, On Stage Productions, Opera Shop at the Vineyard Theatre, and National Shakespeare Company. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Joan taught as an adjunct instructor at Columbia College Chicago for eight years, and lectured at DePaul University, Fordham University, and Roosevelt University.