In the play “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity,” now in production at Signature Theatre, three women — a nurse, a soldier and an art restorer — are in an art museum in an unnamed country, where a 100-year-long war rages outside. The museum has been converted to a prison, the restorer is charged with rehabbing a damaged Rembrandt, and the other two are there to make sure she does it. The women’s relationships begin to shift as they all play their roles in trying to save one example of the beauty humans can create.
“It spoke to me really clearly about what is it in this world that really matters,” says Nadia Tass, who is directing the world premiere. “Given a situation where a person can save something at a time of destruction, what is that something they will choose? And as a human race, what is it we are going to choose — what’s valuable?”
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