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We produce theatre and theatre education in Tucson that entertains, educates, and enlightens children, adults, and families.

Live Theatre Workshop
3322 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85716
Reservations: (520) 327-4242


The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe


by Jane Wagner

Directed by Sabian Trout

Carley Elizabeth Preston



Thirteen characters. Eight brilliantly interwoven stories revealing our society at its best and its worst. Known as Lily Tomlin's one woman tour-de-force, which won The New York Drama Desk Award, The New York Drama Critics Circle Award and a Tony for Best Actress. 

"A dazzling, divinely human comedy." - Newsweek 

"The intellectual fireworks are illuminating...genuinely a comedy about the way we are." - Clive Barnes 

"A work of genius and compassion" - Gloria SteinemCarley Elizabeth Preston in THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE




Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM


September 5 - October 5, 2013

Preview Performances: September 5 and 6 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, September 7 at 7:30 PM - Reception with the cast after the show

Preview Tickets: $12 | Regular Tickets: $18 with discounts available

To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242




Jane Wagner is one of America’s most distinguished playwrights, has won numerous awards, including several Emmys for writing and producing and a Writer’s Guild Award for her work in television.Wagner has also won a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Special Award and a New York Drama Desk Award for her Broadway success, THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search; three Grammy nominations for comedy albums she wrote with Lily Tomlin, Modern Scream, Carley Elizabeth Preston in THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE And That’s the Truth, and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards–the first for the CBS television special, J.T., and the second for the ABC television special, Edith Ann’s ChristmasJust Say Noël. Wagner is currently working on new stage, radio, television and social media projects: she has written the narration for the HBO documentary,  An Apology to Elephants; she is working on a television series about several members of a bizarre and troubled family making good; and she has created a new game app for social media, City Adventures of Edith Ann, based on her beloved character, Edith Ann. In July 2012, Harper Collins issued a new release of the book, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, to celebrate twenty-five years in print.




 Sabian Trout (Director) is thoroughly enjoying her eighth season as LTW’s Artistic Director. Previous LTW directing credits include REGRETS ONLY, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, MAURITIUS, RECKLESS, THREE VIEWINGS, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, TRYING, THE DINNER PARTY, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, THE GIN GAME, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, Carley Elizabeth Preston in THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE SHIRLEY VALENTINE, LOST IN YONKERS, FUNNY MONEY, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, BELL BOOK AND CANDLE, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, BROADWAY BOUND and BABY WITH THE BATHWATER. Sabian has over 30 years of experience as a director, actor, stage manager, producer, and theatre teacher. Professional credits include productions at the Stratford Festival of Canada, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Austin’s State Theatre, LA Theatre Works, and Arizona Theatre Company.



 Carley Elizabeth Preston (Trudy and others) This is Carley's third mainstage performance with Live Theatre Workshop. Her other two credits include LOBBY HERO and MAURITIUS. She was seen in Etcetera’s productions of PSYCHO BEACH PARTY, OLEANNA, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, KIMBERLY AKIMBO, and KITTY KITTY KITTY. Her other Tucson credits include Arizona Onstage Productions of ASSASSINS, MEMBER OF THE WEDDING, FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS, and ALL IN THE TIMING. She received her BFA from the University of Arizona where she was a member of the Arizona Repertory Theatre and appeared in THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, CAROUSEL, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, and MIDWIVES.