Freely adapted from Matthew Lewis' eighteenth-century gothic novel, , AMBROSIO, the play, deftly transposes our own contemporary concerns about sexuality, desire and abstinence on to the original novel's voluptuous setting and atmosphere. As the monk Ambrosio confronts temptation, first in the form of a seductive young male novice, and then in a young woman who begs Ambrosio to be her confessor, as a mysterious fisherman named Don Pedro looks on. Is he, as Ambrosio suspects, really the devil, offering up inducements for Ambrosio to renounce his vows? Is this vision of the devil simply a case of delirium brought on by Ambrosio's life of denial? Is either answer part of a plot by the Inquisition to shore up their own power? Ultimately, the crux of Ambrosio's dilemma lies in the realm of spirituality, where what distinguishes fantasy from reality has yet to be decided.