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The Runner Stumbles




The Runner Stumbles


By Milan Stitt
Directed by Sy Berg
February 4-20, 2005
The BLT Barn Theater

Cast

Bret .......................................Stewart Amos
Ashley Summerrow ................Father Rivard
Natalie Smith ..........................Erna Prindle
Bob Singdahlsen .....................Toby Felker
Robin Raines Elliott................. Sister Rita
Dede Hunter ..........................Mrs. Shandig
Joe Narsavage....................... Prosecutor
Bob Stacy.............................. Msgr. Nicholson
Tessa Martin.......................... Louise




Synopsis

A young nun has died under mysterious circumstances in a remote parish in northern Michigan, and her superior, Father Rivard, has been charged with her murder. The action alternates between interrogations, testimony, and scenes from the past which reveal that Father Rivard, who had been banished to the small, up-country parish, fell in love with Sister Rita and when circumstances forced her to move into the rectory with him, his anguish became unbearable. Their relationship, inevitably, spelt tragedy, but not until the explosive, and surprising, climax of the play does the full extent of the story become clear.