Synopsis of Saturnistas by Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz
Pass the wine, Diane is turning thirty!
“We’ve been in community together for years, but this may be the first time we’re having a real conversation” opens the original play of the Her Saturn Returns project.
While Diane experiences the tumultuous journey of her Saturn Return, she tries to get pregnant with her life partner Joey while maintaining their poly lifestyle of alternate lovers. She finds guidance through ancestral spiritual connections, and interviews with other queer women of color somewhere in outer space over coffee. There will be sex, community, music, cabaret, and of course, the inner workings of Saturn.
Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is an archivist at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, a faculty librarian at the Graduate Center of the City University New York, and co-producer of Rivers of Honey a women of color Cabaret held at WOW Café Theater. Her writing blends storytelling with documentation and is featured in journals and anthologies such as Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians, Queers Online: LGBT Digital Practices, Films for the Feminist Classroom, and others. She collects stories of queer women of color turning thirty with her project, Her Saturn Returns: Queer Women of Color Life Transitions, and is completing her MFA in Fiction at Queens College. Shawn is on the Board of both WOW Café Theater and Fire & Ink, as is thrilled that the Alternative Realities Staged Reading will raise funds for both spaces.