Written by Claudia Shear
Directed by Christopher Ashley

Scenic Design - Scott Pask
Lighting Design
- David Lander
Costume Design - David C. Woolard
Original Music and Sound Design - Dan Moses Schreier
Video Design - Kristin Ellert
Wig Designer - Mark Adam Rampmeyer
Production Stage Manager -
James FitzSimmons
Stage manager - Katherine Wallace

Daphne – Tina Benko
Max – Jonathan Cake
Professor – Alan Mandell
Marciante / Beatrice / Nonna – Natalija Nogulich
Giulia – Claudia Shear

Company Bios

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Two-time Tony Award-nominee, playwright and actress Claudia Shear reunites with acclaimed director Christopher Ashley to create and star in her new play Restoration. Shear plays the lead role of Giulia, down-on-her-luck art restorer from Brooklyn who receives the possibly career-reviving job of “refreshing” Michelangelo's sculpture David in time for its 500th birthday celebration in Florence. Claudia Shear and Christopher Ashley first met and worked together in the legendary NYTW production of Shear’s OBIE Award-winning solo performance piece Blown Sideways Through Life. Directed by Ashley, Blown Sideways played an extended New York run and was later filmed for PBS’s “American Playhouse.” Shear triumphantly returned to NYTW with Dirty Blonde, a comic exploration of the life of Mae West, directed by James Lapine, for which she won a Theatre World Award, as
well as Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Play and Best Actress. Christopher Ashley’s directing credits include Xanadu, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical, and The Rocky Horror Show for which he received nominations for the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical.

Production History

First preview, Friday, April 30, 2010 @ 8pm;
Opening night, Wednesday, May 19, 2010 @ 7pm;
Final performance, Sunday, June 13, 2010 @ 7pm.




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May 4, Designers' Discussion
not recorded
May 14, Discussion with Claudia Shear and Christopher Ashley
download recording
May 25, Panel discussion with art historians and curators
Panel Bios
June 5, Discussion with the cast
of Restoration

RESTORATION Cast members Natalija Nogulich, Alan Mandell and Tina Benko and NYTW associates Ismail Khalidi, Carlos J. Serrano and Sarah Hughes talk about their inspirations in life and art. WATCH THE VIDEO

Performance Schedule: Tuesdays @ 7pm
Wednesday - Friday @ 8pm
Saturday @ 3pm & 8pm
Sunday @ 2pm & 7pm

Student Matinees:
Wednesday, May 26 @ 1pm

Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 8:00 performance only
Sunday, May 2, 2010 - 7:00 performance only
Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 2:00 performance only
Monday, May 17, 2010 - 7:00 performance
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 7:00 opening night
Thursday, May 20, 2010 - no performance
Sunday, May 20, 2010 - 2:00 performance only

AfterWords (post show discussions)
Tues, May 4, after the 7:00 show
Friday, May 14, after the 8:00
Tues, May 25, after the 7:00
Sat, June 5, after the 8:00

90 minutes with no intermission

About The Artists:

Broadway: The Smell of the Kill (dir. Chris Ashley, Drama League Award), Dirty Blonde (dir. James Lapine, Tony and Drama Desk Nominations for Best Play and Best Actress, Drama League Award, Theatre World Award). London: Chicago, Who’s The Daddy?, Dirty Blonde. Off-Broadway: Blown Sideways Through Life (dir. Chris Ashley, Obie Award, Drama Desk Nomination). Regional: Restoration (La Jolla Playhouse), The Smell of the Kill (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Dirty Blonde (Kennedy Center, Helen Hayes Award Nominations for Best Play and Best Actress), End of the Day (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Blown Sideways Through Life (Coronet Theatre). Television: “Friends,” “Earthly Possessions” (dir. James Lapine), “Blown Sideways Through Life” (dir. Chris Ashley). Film: Blow Sideways Through Life (American Playhouse, Rose D’Or Montreux, Comedy Festival), Living Out Loud, It Could Happen To You, The Opportunists. Ms. Shear writes for various publications, including The New York Times, New York magazine, Vogue and Travel & Leisure. Claudia is a member of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, NYTW’s Usual Suspects and The Dramatists Guild.

Christopher Ashley is the current Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse in LA Jolla, CA.
Broadway: MEMPHIS; XANADU; ALL SHOOK UP; ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations – Best Direction of a Musical); THE SMELL OF THE KILL; and VOICES IN THE DARK. Off Broadway: REGRETS ONLY; THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD; BUNNY BUNNY; JEFFREY (Obie Award and Luiclle Lortel Award – Outstanding Direction); COMMUNICATING DOORS; BLOWN SIDEWAYS THROUGH LIFE, and DAS BARBECÜ.

Other recent directing credits include MEMPHIS at both La Jolla Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre; the world premieres of Alfred Uhry’s WITHOUT WALLS at the Mark Taper Forum (starring Laurence Fishburne), and Joe Hortua’s BETWEEN US at Manhattan Theatre Club; Charles Busch’s THE LADY IN QUESTION at Bay Street Theatre; the world premiere of Daniel Goldfarb and David Kirshenbaum’s PARTY COME HERE at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Paul Rudnick’s VALHALLA at New York Theatre Workshop (Lucille Lortel nomination – Outstanding Direction); the world premieres of THE WONDER OF THE WORLD and NEWYORKERS (Outer Critics Circle nomination – Outstanding Off Broadway Musical, Drama Desk nomination for Best Revue) at Manhattan Theatre Club; the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration productions of SWEENEY TODD (starring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Christine Baranski; Helen Hayes Award winner for Outstanding Direction of a Resident Musical) and MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG; the National Tour of SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL; LI’L ABNER for City Center Encores; the world premiere of Alfred Uhry’s WITHOUT WALLS at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; Paul Rudnick’s RUDE ENTERTAINMENT and MONDO DRAMA and THE COUNTRY CLUB (both by Douglas Carter Beane) at The Drama Dept.; the world premieres of THEY ALL LAUGHED and LUCKY IN THE RAIN, and the revival of REDHEAD at Goodspeed Musicals; LIGHT UP THE SKY at Williamstown Theatre Festival; the American premiere of WHAT YOU GET AND WHAT YOU EXPECT by Jean-Marie Besset at New York Theatre Workshop; and WORKING by Stephen Schwartz at Long Wharf.

Additional New York credits include AS THOUSANDS CHEER at the Drama Dept; Anna Deveare Smith’s FIRES IN THE MIRROR at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater (Lortel Award – Outstanding Direction); Paul Rudnick’s THE NAKED EYE, THE WHITE ROSE, BELLA BELLE OF BYELORUSSIA, THE NIGHT HANK WILLIAMS DIED, and BUZZSAW BERKELEY at the WPA; Dario Fo’s EVE’S DIARY/STORY OF THE TIGER and Dale Stein’s A BREATH OF FRESH AIR at New York Theatre Workshop; PORTFOLIO and EXPERTS at Manhattan Punchline and Richard Greenberg’s NEPTUNE’S HIPS for the Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon.

In addition to his work for the stage, Mr. Ashley directed the feature film of JEFFREY and the American Playhouse production of BLOWN SIDEWAYS THROUGH LIFE for PBS.