by Michael Henry Brown
directed by L. Kenneth Richardson
with Michael Beach, Jesse Bernstein, Betty K. Bynum, Matthew C. Cowles, Andre de Shields, Arthur French, Jack Gwaltney, Novella Nelson, Colleen Quinn, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Stuart, Earl Whitted, Rozwill Young
Winner of the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays award, Ascension Day dramatizes the 1831 slave revolt led by Nat Turner.
“Ascension Day is . . .a long, sprawling, and swirling play in which we come to understand that the erosion of human spirit is not a straight descent, but maze- like . . . This is historical drama to outstay black history month: light on sanctimony, long on theatrical vigor.” Jan Stuart, New York Newsday, February 17, 1992