A Saturn Return is one’s astrological coming-of-age. Between the ages of 27-30, Saturn demands that we take full accountability for our choices and propels major life-changing transformations, forcing us to learn life’s big lessons the hard way. Natalya is ready to share the story of her Saturn Return in this one-woman show about love, loss, and finding your life force as the planets and stars align.
Natalya Samee is a writer, actor, comedian, and Libra based in Brooklyn. She is currently workshopping her one woman show, SATURN RETURN, at Ars Nova. She was recently an artist-in-residence in SFFILM’s 2022 Filmhouse Residency for her project, DOHA GIRLS, an original TV series based on her adolescence in the Middle East. It was a Second Rounder in the 2021 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, a distinction achieved by less than 20% of submissions. Previously, she was shortlisted in Eva Longoria and Lena Waithe’s MACRO Episodic Lab competition for her original TV pilot, DOTHEADS. She performs improv at Brooklyn Comedy Collective, and standup around New York City.
Arpita Mukherjee is a NYC based director and writer who recently made her Broadway debut as the resident director of The Kite Runner. Arpita previously directed Bollywood Kitchen by Sri Rao (Geffen Playhouse), House of Joy by Madhuri Shekar (San Diego Rep), and Eh Dah: Questions for my Father by Aya Aziz (Next Door @ New York Theatre Workshop). Arpita has developed work at the Public Theater, WP Theater and O’Neill Theater Center, amongst others. She is a 2021 Resident Director at the Drama League, a 2018 – 2020 Women’s Project Lab Member and a 2018 Eugene O’ Neill National Directing Fellows and an alumni of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.Arpita recently directed Running, a film written by and starring Danny Pudi and co-wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Disney+ Hotstar film Gulmohar with director Rahul Chittella. Arpita is currently developing projects for WIIP, AMC, and a Netflix feature directed by Mira Nair, with music by Pharrell Williams.
Neal Gupta is a NYC based director, writer, actor & producer who seeks to conjure the magic that voices of color possess into imaginative stories with extraordinary craft. He recently directed the pilot of an episodic comedy he co-created and is developing several series and films. Neal has worked as Associate Director at Manhattan Theatre Club, Geffen Playhouse, The Public & BRIC. He studied at Shakespeare’s Globe, Rutgers University-Mason Gross, and Interlochen Arts Academy. Neal is inspired by the brilliant artists he has been able to collaborate with such as Arpita Mukherjee, David Cromer, Reese Witherspoon, Mira Nair, Lucy Liu, Liz Garbus, and Marisa Tomei.