Photo Coverage: Off-Broadway's Ascension

Ascension, by Edmund De Santis, opened at Off-Broadway's The Lion Theatre (Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street) on October 11th; it plays a limited engagement through November 12th.

Ascension is directed by Red Light District artistic director Marc Geller and stars Stephen Hope (Joseph..., The Scarlet Pimpernel), Lucy McMichael (More Than This at Urban Stages) and Brandon Ruckdashel (My Super Ex-Girlfriend). Ascension is "about an ambitious Catholic priest struggle 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," according to production notes.

Tickets are available through Ticket Central: (212) 279-4200 or www.ticketcentral.com.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.


Edmund De Santis


Marc Geller


Marc Geller and Edmund De Santis


Stephen Hope


Stephen Hope


Stephen Hope


Lucy McMichael


Lucy McMichael


Brandon Ruckdashel


Stephen Hope, Lucy McMichael and Brandon Ruckdashel


Stephen Hope, Brandon Ruckdashel and Lucy McMichael


Brandon Ruckdashel, Stephen Hope and Lucy McMichael


Brandon Ruckdashel and Stephen Hope


Brandon Ruckdashel


Brandon Ruckdashel and Stephen Hope


Brandon Ruckdashel and Stephen Hope


Brandon Ruckdashel and Stephen Hope


Brandon Ruckdashel


Brandon Ruckdashel


Brandon Ruckdashel


Brandon Ruckdashel


Marc Geller, Stephen Hope, Edmund De Santis, Lucy Mc Michael and Brandon Ruckdashel


(clockwise from left) Marc Geller, Stephen Hope, Lucy McMichael, Brandon Ruckdashel and Edmund De Santis

 

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.