A One-Woman Epic Journey
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre + Dance presents a student production of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, written by Jane Wagner, and starring MFA candidate Anna Hamaguchi. Performances will take place Friday and Saturday, January 26 and 27 at 7:30pm in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre at the Kennedy Theatre facility.
The original production was written for Lily Tomlin, who won a Tony for her performance in 1986. The show was revived by Wagner and Tomlin in the early 2000s, and the UH production team has received permission to further update the script to be set in the current year. The show, which explores many questions of what it means to be human, focuses in particular on the role of woman in modern society and addresses issues that remain incredibly relevant, even several decades later.
This whimsical comedy features 13 vastly different characters whose stories interweave, most central of whom is the bag lady, Trudy. She proudly calls herself “crazy” and spends most of her time hanging out with her “space chums,” alien visitors from outer space who she assists in their study of earth. Trudy is the audience’s tour guide, taking them through the story and transporting them with her all-powerful umbrella hat from character to character, sharing insights and wise cracks along the way. Other characters include Agnus Angst, an angrily misunderstood teenage performance artist, Kate, a woman whose wealth have led her to be so bored by life that she suffers from “affluenza,” and Lyn, Edie, and Marge, college friends, feminists, and political activists whose ideals are tested as their lives change. As the story unfolds, connections between characters are revealed and the play draws attention to its central aim: to remind us about the importance, and fragility, of human connection.
Tickets for The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life are free, but advance reservations through Event Brite are recommended.
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
January 26 & 27 at 7:30pm
Earle Ernst Theatre
1770 East-West Rd.
Honolulu, HI, 96822
Tickets are free of charge.
Advanced reservations are recommended. Patrons must arrive by 15 minutes prior to curtain to claim reserved seats.
Reserve seats on Event Brite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-search-for-signs-of-intelligent-life-in-the-universe-tickets-42110007165?aff=es2
UHM Department of Theatre + Dance