A Basilian priest with Rochester roots is taking part in the Rochester Fringe Festival, which is being held Sept. 19-23.
Basilian Father Edward Heidt will portray controversial philosopher, theologian, paleontologist and priest Jesuit Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in the show "Divine Milieu: The Last Confession of Teilhard de Chardin." The show focuses on the Father Teilhard de Chardin, who lived from 1881 to 1955. He connected his work as a natural scientist to his faith and was asked repudiate his controversial theories on evolution.
The show will be performed from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at TheatreROCS at the Xerox Auditorium, 100 S. Clinton Ave. Tickets are $10. The show is written and directed by L. John Cieslinski, a local playwright and retired teacher who owns Books, Etc. in Macedon.
Father Heidt, a Rochester native and a former English professor and high-school English teacher, lives in the Diocese of Las Cruces, N.M., in a community of retired Basilians and has performed in plays across the country and in Canada.