After beginning performances December 11, 2021, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life, starring Emmy-nominated Saturday Night Live star Cecily Strong, is set to officially open at The Shed January 11. The solo show is scheduled to play a limited engagement through February 6.
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe begins with a character named Trudy, who serves as Earth’s guide to aliens searching for intelligent life. The production explores American society, art, power, and the feminist movement through a comedic and quick-witted investigation.
Playwright Jane Wagner penned the script in 1985 for her now-wife Lily Tomlin, who won a Best Actress Tony Award for its first Broadway production. Tomlin appeared in a 1991 film adaptation of the work, and again in its 2001 Broadway return, which was Tony-nominated for Best Revival of a Play.
The production features set design by Christine Jones and Mary Hamrick, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting desing by Stacey Derosier, sound design and compositions by Elisheba Ittoop, and production stage management by Justin Scribner. Tomlin, who originated the role, serves as executive producer with Wagner.