A theatrically vivid depiction of Henry Stimson, US Secretary of War under FDR and later Harry Truman, and the man most responsible for the bombing of Hiroshima. He was also an avid mountain-climber, and the play moves rapidly between the events leading up to the bombing and a series of ascents of Great Chief Mountain in Southern Alberta, to investigate the question of how a good man becomes involved in a horrific deed.
Playwright: Frank Moher
Director: Stephen Heatley
Cast: Ben Cardinal, Arne MacPherson, David Mann, Randall Read, Michael Spencer-Davis and Raul Tome Set and Costume Designer: Daniel van Heyst Lighting Designer: Robyn Ayles Sound Designer/Performer: Doug Blackley Technical Director: Dave Paduch Stage Manager: Karen Henry Assistant Stage Manager: Denis Couillard Production Assistant: Terry Freestone Touring Technician: Tony Ruksys
During January and February 1990, THE THIRD ASCENT toured through Edmonton (Roxy Theatre), Thunder Bay (Magnus Theatre), Ottawa (National Arts Centre) and Toronto (Factory Theatre).