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Specialty Nights

  • Discussion Nights March 19 & 27, 2019
  • Pride Night March 22, 2019
  • Open Captioning March 24, 2019 at 2PM

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

February 26 – April 7, 2019


Three women—an art restorer, her nurse and their military captor—are trapped in a ravaged museum during a catastrophic hundred years war. Tasked with restoring a damaged Rembrandt painting, the women find common shreds of humanity as they try to save a small symbol of beauty in their broken world.

Holly Twyford (A Little Night Music, Sex with Strangers) and Felicia Curry (The Scottsboro Boys) star in this season’s Heidi Thomas Writers’ Initiative work, a brutal and elegant exploration of the unifying virtue of art and what things are most worth saving when the world is collapsing.


See a real art conservator work in Signature’s lobby before the show! Join paintings conservator Nancy Pollak to learn about the real-life professionals who take care of masterpieces on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30PM and Saturday, March 30 at 7PM. She will discuss conservation practices, tools of the trade, and how to become a conservator. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about conservation and discuss her work, which includes treatment of both painted textiles, including Thangkas, flags and banners, and traditional paintings on panel and canvas.

This production contains theatrical haze, flashing lights, strong language and depictions of graphic violence and blood.

Run time approximately 95 minutes with no intermission.

  • SigWorks: The Heidi Thomas Writers’ Initiative, a partnership with the Jenna and Paul Segal Foundation, is a multi-year commitment to present world premieres by female playwrights with female directors.

    Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

    New Work at Signature Theatre sponsored by Dan and Gloria Logan

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