Tuesday, November 6, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner proved the show must go on when they debuted their play in San Francisco two days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” opened Sept. 13 as planned at the Theater on the Square.
“We didn’t really know what to do. But I always felt that the play is so loving and so affirming and so embracing,” Tomlin said. “And people did receive it like that.”
Ms. Tomlin, the actress, and Ms.Wagner, the writer, hoped that in some way, their play could help ease the country’s pain and promote thought - at least in one city.
One line in the play reads: “The start to a better world is the belief that it is possible.”
“It’s like a child,” Ms.Wagner said. “There are times to punish that child and say harsh things. And then there are times you just have to love it. Right now, I feel like we have to nurture our country and all our values, as wrong as some of them may have been.”

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