Search for Signs Launches New Harmony Season June 9 in Indiana

News   Search for Signs Launches New Harmony Season June 9 in Indiana New Harmony Theatre, the professional Equity company that operates in the middle of western Indiana farmland, begins its 19th season June 9 with Jane Wagner's The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.

Artistic director Scott LeFeber, in his final season with the company, directs New York actress Jenn Thompson in the solo show that was a Tony Award-winning vehicle for Lily Tomlin. This is the first time New Harmony has presented a one-person show. Performances continue to June 25.

Also on the season are Frank D. Gilroy's Pulitzer Prize-winner, The Subject Was Roses (July 7-23) and the musical revue Side by Side by Sondheim (July 28-Aug. 13). LeFeber directs all three works in the season.

The Subject Was Roses, the domestic drama about a soldier who returns from World War II to find his parents' relationship in disrepair, will feature married performers Joan Shepard and Evan Thompson, who are parents of Intelligent Life's Jenn Thompson and part of a family of busy New York-based theatre artists. David Wells (Lincoln Center's The Rivals) will play the veteran son who walks into a familial minefield.

For Side by Side, James Bassi (NHT's Hollywood/Ukraine, As Thousands Cheer) will be at the piano and Evansville's Steve Small is the narrator.

New Harmony Theatre is a program of the University of Southern Indiana, and operates in the sleepy hamlet of New Harmony, a onetime religious enclave and utopian community that now is home to farmers, locals, a resort hotel, a spa and a meeting center — as well as a gourmet restaurant. For more information, call (877) NHT-SHOW or visit www.newharmonytheatre.com.