De Santis' Ascension Begins Off-Broadway Run Oct. 6

News   De Santis' Ascension Begins Off-Broadway Run Oct. 6 The world premiere of Edmund De Santis' Ascension begins performances at Off-Broadway's Lion Theatre Oct. 6. Directed by Marc Geller, the limited engagement of the church-themed play will officially open Oct. 11.
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

Starring Stephen (The Scarlet Pimpernel) Hope, Lucy (More Than This) McMichael and Brandon ("Boy in the Bathtub") Ruckdashel, Ascension is scheduled to run through Oct. 21. 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."

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 will play Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 and 7 PM. Tickets, priced at $18, are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting www.ticketcentral.com.

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