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The Season


June 23 - July 19, 2009

Mandell Weiss Forum

written by & starring Claudia Shear
directed by Christopher Ashley

Life has not exactly turned out the way Giulia planned.

Once a rising star in the exclusive world of art restoration, she now works alone in her Brooklyn garage. That is, until her mentor pays her a visit with an extraordinary opportunity—the chance to restore Michelangelo's David—and reinvigorate her career.

But this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity truly becomes a second chance at life when Giulia begins to connect with fellow museum staff and let go of the protective patina she has spent a lifetime building.

Inspired by the actual restoration performed by one woman on the David in 2004, acclaimed playwright/actress Claudia Shear joins a stellar cast in a passionate, funny and inspired portrait of a woman who spends a year in the shadow of a masterpiece—and discovers herself.

Contains adult language and content

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Ticket Prices: $30-$65

Run Time: To be announced

Performance Times: Tues-Wed: 7:30pm
Thurs-Fri: 8:00pm
Sat: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Restoration is an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards winner Learn More

Claudia Shear

Claudia Shear Writer

Claudia Shear’s play and subsequent film Blown Sideways Through Life (Obie Award, Drama Desk Award for Best Play) was directed by Christopher Ashley. Her second play, Dirty Blonde, received Tony nominations for her work as performer and writer including Best Actress and Best Play.
Know Before You Go Learn more about Restoration and discover the inspiration of the creative team with behind-the-scenes stories and background information.
The Actual Restoration Read The Guardian article about the actual restoration of the David in 2004.
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Reviews and Press

Wall Street Journal Review: "One of the best new American plays..."
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KPBS - Morning Edition segment: Restoration Opens at La Jolla Playhouse
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Union-Tribune - Claudia Shear's bond with art looms large in Restoration
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San Diego Magazine - Great White Pathway
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Playbill - Shear Is Art Expert With Job of a Lifetime in Restoration
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Wearing Two Hats

In Restoration, just for an added degree of difficulty, our playwright, Claudia Shear, is also performing the central role of Giulia.

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Dirty Work

La Jolla Playhouse's Associate Properties Master, Kelly Corrigan, recounts below the ideas and trials that led to the "dirtying and cleaning" technique used on the David.

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