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The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

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September 21 – October 23, 2022

Mark Taper Forum

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

[Cecily] Strong has us rooting for her from the get-go. [She] grounds her interpretation of the play’s oddball and appealing assortment of characters with a straightforward, amiable and nicely detailed comic style.

Weaving together the seemingly disparate tales of a punk-rock rebel, wealthy Californian socialites, feminist reactionaries, and a woman who roams the streets in search of aliens, Emmy award winner Jane Wagner’s beloved play, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, is a hilarious and timeless play about what makes us human. Emmy-nominated Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong stars in this 90-minute, one-woman show originally written for Lily Tomlin that has audiences, “rooting for her from the get-go...” You may not need to travel across the cosmos to find meaning and hope in life here on Earth. 

Starring Cecily Strong

By Jane Wagner

Directed by Leigh Silverman

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Cecily Strong in

By Jane Wagner
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Produced in association with
Lorne Michaels and Bill Damaschke
Presented in association with The Shed

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Performance Length

The performance length is 90 minutes with no intermission.

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October 11, 2022
October 18, 2022
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Opening Night

September 28, 2022


Performance date: October 22, 2022

On sale: TBD

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