The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe


January 20, 2022    
7:00 pm


The Griffin Theatre @ The Shed
545 West 30th Street, New York, NY

Time: 7:00 PM

Jane Wagner’s ever timely, iconic, one-woman show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, examines American society, art, and power and explores the feminist movement.

Revisited in a new 90-minute production, commissioned by The Shed, the comedic and quick-witted play stars Cecily Strong (Saturday Night LiveSchmigadoon!) in her New York theatrical debut, directed by Tony-nominated Leigh Silverman (The Lifespan of a FactViolet).

In a role originated by Lily Tomlin, Strong first becomes Trudy, a mischievously clever observer of the society around her. As Strong transforms into a series of other archetypal characters, Trudy becomes the play’s guiding conscience for the audience—a comical, quirky, and outlandish conveyor of the nuances of American society.

Interpreter: Anne Tomasetti

Interpreter Advisor: Candace Broecker-Penn

The Shed is wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening devices will be available in the theater using T-coil technology and the free Listen Everywhere app over the Shed’s free Wi-Fi.

Audience members 5 years and older must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the date of the performance. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a CDC-issued vaccination card, the NYS Excelsior Pass, the Clear Health Pass, and the NYC COVID Safe App, in addition a government-issued photo ID is required for visitors 18 years and older. Visitors must wear a properly fitting mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while in The Shed, except when dining/drinking at Cedric’s in the lobby.

All audience members must wear masks at all times during the performance.  No food of beverages will be permitted in the theater.