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The Runner Stumbles Last Modified: Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The Runner Stumbles
by Milan Stitt
Directed by Don Russell
Assistant Director Jean Russell
October 1998


From the Dramatists Play Service:

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 is the full extent of their sacrifice made clear and the identity of the murderer revealed. A powerful and compelling play, which had the unique distinction of receiving both Off-Broadway and repertory productions prior to its critically hailed Broadway presentation.

"…an absolutely fascinating play…one of the best first plays I have seen in a long time. It got to me, and I cried." —NY Times.

"…his story of repressed passions flames up with scorching intensity." —Cue Magazine.

"…a new, serious, well-made, and continuously interesting American play…" —The New Yorker.

Notes From the Directors:

We are excited about presenting this play to the Pocket Theatre audiences. You will notice the different uses of the stage, lighting, and set that everyone should find interesting.

The play is about a real incident that happened to real people in the early 20th century. The costuming done by Mark Britton is authentic for the time. We have gathered together a wonderful cast to bring alive this very dramatic event.

Published by Dramatists Play Service.

Elva Hansen as Mrs. Shandig Heather Henigan as Erna Prindle Robin Henigan as Louise

Jerry Longinotti as Toby Felker Lewis Mathews as Father Rivard
The Players
In Alphabetical Order
Role Actor
Mrs. Shandig: Elva Hansen
Erna Prindle: Heather Henigan
Louise: Robin Henigan
Toby Felker: Jerry Longinotti
Father Rivard: Lewis Mathews
Msgr. Nicholson: Dan McCraw
Amos (Guard): Chris Powers
Prosecutor: Bill Schuler
Sister Rita: Angela Spradley
Our Crew
Producer: Jan McKillip
Director: Don Russell
Assistant Director: Jean Russell
Set Design: Mark Britton
Sound and Lighting: Jan and David McKillip
Costumes and Design: Mark Britton and
Della Mahaffey
Props: Kathy Andregg
Carol Scholps
Don & Jean Russell
House Manager: Bud Morrison
Box Office: Bud Morrison
Della MaHaffey
Opal Tanzyus
Set Construction: Mark Britton
Robert Carpenter
Jim Dodd
Ray Johnson
Jan McKillip
Art Rozema
Bill Schuler
Bill Tanzyus
Publicity: Tiffany Younts
Program: Itwuz Hahrd
Newsletter: Ann Wilson,
Margaret Forsyth
Photography: Grayt Espozure
The Chant: Verlee Walters
Pat Hightower
Children's Song: Fountain Lake 8th Grade Girls:
Michelle Stanley
Katie Philips
Ilssa Hefley
Carrie Piceynski
July Martin
Maggan Reynolds
Mary Sargo (Teacher)
Webmaster: John Lukas
Dan McCraw as Msgr. Nicholson Chris Powers as Amos Bill Schuler as Prosecutor Angela_Spradley as Sister Rita
Dottie Alberts
Fran Bowers
Bill and Geri Cartmill
Castleberry Riding Stable
Jack Chapman
Fran Kasemier
The Jackson House Hot Springs
Anne Sandifer
LaVilla News
The Sentinel-Record
Hot Springs Village Voice

Our sincere apology to all those whom we inadvertantly omitted.