Cecily Strong to Make New York Theater Debut at the Shed

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The “SNL” star moves into a role originated by Lily Tomlin, and Claudia Rankin’s “Help” gets its pandemic-delayed world premiere in Shed Season.

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Cecily Strong has been nominated for an Emmy Award twice for her standout “Saturday Night Live” impressions, featuring Melania Trump, Ariana Grande and Lin-Manuel Miranda.


In a role made famous by Lily Tomlin, she will now make her first theatrical debut in New York, playing 12 characters, without any costume changes or props.

Strong, who recently starred in the Apple TV Plus comedy “Schmigadoon!” She won praise for her portrayal of a music-loving backpacker in 2012, starring in a new production in the shade of Jane Wagner’s one-woman comedy “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life”. World.” Production, which begins December 21, will be the show’s first New York staging in two decades. It will run until February 6, 2022; Leigh Silverman (“The Lifespan of a Fact,” “Violet”) will direct.

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In reviewing the original 1985 Broadway production, critic Frank Rich wrote that the second act – a condensed history of the feminist movement – was “the most genuinely subversive comedy to be produced on Broadway in years” and praised Tomlin as “chameleon-like”. Ability to live in a wide range of personalities. The show was adapted into a film starring Tomlin in 1991.

Shed’s 2021–22 season also featured several postponed commissions from 2020, including the world premiere of author and poet Claudia Rankin’s “Help”, an examination of white male privilege, partly by Rankin, who is Black. , asked his white male seatmates. On airplanes for a New York Times Magazine article. Taibi will direct the Magar production (March 15–Apr. 10, 2022), which follows a middle-aged black female air passenger on a plane with a dozen or so white male characters. Roslyn Ruff (“Fairview”), who starred in two preview appearances of the show, is no longer available, so the role will be recast in the coming weeks, said Alex Poots, artistic director and chief executive of Shed at Hudson. Yardstick.

Of the show, he said, “It’s a terrifying and shattering piece that I think couldn’t be more relevant now, which had just two performances before the theaters closed on March 12, 2020.

Other highlights of the season include Berlin-based artist Tomas Saraceno’s exhibition “Special Matter(s)”, a large-scale sensory experience that explores climate change and climate inequality (February 9–Apr 17, 2022); and a new work (April 15-17, 2022) by visual artist, filmmaker and MacArthur fellow Wu Tsang. The creative studio, led by fashion designer Shayne Oliver, will host three nights of events titled “Headless: The Glass Ceiling” with the theme of over-the-top extravagance, or “headlessness,” during Anonymous Club, New York. Fashion Week (February 10-12, 2022).

All demonstrations will require proof of vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older, and everyone 2 years and older must wear a mask.

A full season lineup is available here TheShad.org.

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