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Sign Of The Times



Featuring: Chiquita Camille, Lamar K. Cheston, Andrew Huber, and Alexis Rhianon


Sign of The Times “updates William butler Yeats’ poem ‘The Second Coming’ for our current age of diminishing expectations.” – The Chicago Reader




Sign of The Times offers “a universal message packed with thoughts and reflections.”


-          Kambuika Kamunga – WBEZ Radio




a postmodern verse play and pastiche

“Jeff Helgeson’s dedication to experiment, surprise, twisted absurdities, and language


Reflect and refract in Sign of The Times.


-  Marc Smith

Poetry  Slam Founder

The music that has been composed by Clayton Horath for Sign of The Times was designed as a chamber piece for fourteen musicians. Like the play itself, the music seeks to explore the issue of the use of allusion in an era when everything is derivative and yet nothing is thought to be referential.  


Sections of the composition are: “Future Shock,” “The Question Why?“The Vicious Circle as God”, “The Seduction of Unreason,” and “Now-morrow Dawns.”

Sign Of The Times

Sign of The Times: From the Prologue of this verse play by Jeff Helgeson, from the beginning, or even before the beginning, from what anticipates and thus exceeds the beginning, one thing is clear: this is a play that raises many issues and yet, paradoxically, is about nothing. Not, it should be noted, about absolute nothing, or absolutely nothing – as though something, such as a beginning, could come from absolutely nothing – but rather about nothing as it surrounds every something, first enabling the present moment, the presence of each and every thing, now, here and now, for just a moment.

William McNeill


author of the Time of Life: Heidegger and Ethos and


The Glance of The Eye: Heidegger, Aristotle, and the Ends of Theory