The Runner Stumbles

The Runner Stumbles by Milan Stitt


Father Rivard: Kyle Andrew

Sister Rita: Layne Bair

Erna Prindle: Erin O'Donnell

Toby Felker: Alexander Thomas

Mrs Shandig: Cynthia Needham

Amos: Nathan Uhrman

Prosecutor: Luke Grishkevich

Monsignor Nicholson: Kevin Doll

Louise: Erika Carper

Time: April 1911

Place: A cell, courthouse, and grave in Solon, Michigan

Director Douglas C Shaffer

Stage Manager - Nathan Uhrman

Set Designer  Scott A Jones

October  3, 4, 5 2019 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) 8pm

October 6, 2019 (Sunday) 3pm

Tickets $12.00 online with coupon code

$15.00 at the door

General Admission

Box office opens 30 minutes prior

Performances held at: 

Columbus Dance Theatre

592 E Main St

Columbus OH 43215

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The Runner Stumbles is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. 

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.