Second Time Around- by Amanda Schoonover

Wed, 05/11/2011

Saturn Returns is the second Noah Haidle play that I've been lucky enough to be in (Mr. Marmalade being the first). I love Noah's work because of his inventive story telling. When I first read the script, I cried. I thought, "Wow. I've never read anything like this. It's brilliant." He tells the story through one character at different stages of his life (played by three different actors) and the women who have had a profound effect on his life (played by one actress). My challenge in this piece is to create three distinct women with just the right amount of similarities to cause echoes for the main character. It is much harder to describe the process than it is to experience it. In some ways, it's a very simple (and heartbreaking) story. Love, loss, regret. Things I experience everyday of my life, which is why I feel such a deep connection to this piece. Another reason I love Noah's writing is his ability to put into words things I feel, but have no way to express. To quote: "please let this be the promised glorious evening please show me the glory of living please name for me all that I feel but cannot sing please." Please come see our beautiful production of Noah Haidle's Saturn Returns!
Amanda Schoonover