La Jolla Playhouse presents the world premiere of Restoration, written by and starring award-winning playwright/actress Claudia Shear, directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley.
Inspired by the actual restoration of Michelangelo's David in 2004, Shear delivers a passionate, funny and moving portrait of a woman who spends a year in the shadow of a masterpiece -- and uncovers herself in the process. Giulia Alfani, a once-rising star in the world of art restoration, is now working out of her late mother's garage in Brooklyn. Her mentor, Professor Williams, arrives with the opportunity of a lifetime: he has secured Giulia an interview with L'Accademia in Florence for the job of "refreshing" the David in preparation for its 500th birthday.
The play follows Giulia as she restores the iconic statue and develops relationships with a strikingly beautiful museum administrator and an omnipresent head of security. These encounters spark a life change in Giulia, allowing her to discover the statue's imperfections, as well as her own.