Restoration, which received its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in June under the direction of Christopher Ashley (Xanadu, Memphis), will arrive Off-Broadway in 2010. Creative duties will be announced shortly. Ashley is again attached to direct the production, which will star Shear (Dirty Blonde, Blown Sideways Through Life) as Giulia Alfani, "a once-rising star in the world of art restoration, [who] 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," according to original press notes. As previously reported, NYTW will also stage Jenny Allen's one-woman play, I Got Sick, Then I Got Better, beginning Sept. 14. The engagement will play Monday evenings through Oct. 5.
Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning director and playwright James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Fran's Bed) and Darren Katz again co-direct the Off-Broadway engagement of the work that was staged at the Long Wharf Theatre and Barrington Stage Company this past spring.
I Got Sick… was born from Allen's diagnosis and treatment for ovarian cancer in 2005. The monologue is described as "a hilarious and wrenching riff on one woman's adventures after falling down the medical rabbit hole."