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“Saturday Night Live” star Cecily Strong will perform in Jane Wagner’s one-woman show “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum this fall. Directed by Leigh Silverman, “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” begins previews Sept. 21, opens Sept. 28 and runs through Oct. 23. Produced in association with Lorne Michaels and Bill Damaschke, “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” is presented in association with The Shed.
Interweaving the seemingly disparate lives of a punk-rock rebel, a socialite, a feminist and a deceptively insightful observer, among many others, the Drama Desk-winning Unique Theatrical Experience “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” earned Lily Tomlin a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Now Emmy-nominated actress Strong slides through the tour-de-force roles created by the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning writer Wagner, who has reimagined the legendary one-person play for 2022. The new production was originally produced by The Shed in New York in 2021.
“I have long been fascinated by the mystical implications of quantum theory,” Wagner said. “In truth, my dream was to get the audience to experience the universality of the deep interconnectedness of all living things – with Trudy as the guide … I wanted us to flash on just that thought – that we’re all connected.”
Tickets for “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” are currently on sale and start at $35. They are available through CenterTheatreGroup.org, Audience Services at (213)628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Offices (at the Ahmanson Theatre) at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue. Performances run Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.