Ascension to Play Final Performance Nov. 19

News   Ascension to Play Final Performance Nov. 19
Edmund De Santis' Ascension, which has enjoyed several extensions, will play its final performance at Off-Broadway's Lion Theatre Nov. 19 at 7 PM.
From Left: Stephen Hope, Lucy McMichael and Brandon Ruckdashel in Ascension.
From Left: Stephen Hope, Lucy McMichael and Brandon Ruckdashel in Ascension. Photo by M Geller

The church-themed work, which officially opened Oct. 11, was originally scheduled to close Oct. 21 but extended its run through Nov. 12 and later through Nov. 26. The new work will now end Nov. 19 after playing five previews and 39 regular performances. Starring Stephen (The Scarlet Pimpernel) Hope, Lucy (More Than This) McMichael and Brandon ("Boy in the Bathtub") Ruckdashel, Ascension, according to press notes, concerns "an ambitious Catholic priest [who] struggles to hold together the fabric of the world he has created to keep his desires at bay. He is confronted by the schizophrenic wife of a butcher, who accuses him of sexually abusing her son eight years earlier. Then drawn into a web of evil and deceit comes a visit by the angelic young man, himself; and now their worlds unfolds with a volcano of desire that is close to exploding." Marc Geller directs.

The creative team for the production also includes set designer Aaron Mastin and costume designer Dennis Ballard.

Playwright De Santis has also penned Making Peter Pope, The Language of Kisses, More Than This, Recensio and American Subway. A founding member of The Harbor Theatre and a member of the Dramatists Guild, De Santis' Tornado Rosaries is also scheduled for a New York run this fall.

Ascension plays Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 8 PM, Sundays at 7 PM with matinees Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets, priced at $55, are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting

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