The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life, starring Emmy-nominated Saturday Night Live star Cecily Strong, officially opens at The Shed January 11. The solo show began previews December 21 and runs through February 6 at the Hudson Yards venue.
Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet, Grand Horizons) directs the new staging, with a script freshly revisited by playwright Jane Wagner, who wrote the script in 1985 to be performed by Lily Tomlin. Tomlin, who serves as executive producer along with Wagner for The Shed production, won a Best Actress Tony Award for the show's first Broadway production.
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The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe begins with a character named Trudy, who serves as guide to aliens searching for intelligent life on Earth. The production explores American society, art, power, and the feminist movement through a comedic and quick-witted investigation.
The production is choreographed by James Alsop, and features a set design by Christine Jones and Mary Hamrick, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Stacey Derosier, and sound design and original composition by Elisheba Ittoop. Justin Scribner serves as production stage manager.