Photo Flash: THE RUNNER STUMBLES Opens Off-Broadway Tomorrow, 4/3

Retro Productions and The Bleecker Company, in association with The Arclight Theatre, present Milan Stitt's drama THE RUNNER STUMBLES at The Arclight Theatre (152 West 71st Street), beginning May 3. Peter Zinn, who helmed Retro Productions' revivals Michael Frayn's BENEFACTORS and Sally Nemeth's HOLY DAYS, directs. See photos of Christopher Patrick Mullen, Casandera M.J. Lollar and more in the production below!

Part courtroom drama, part whodunit, THE RUNNER STUMBLES is based on the true story of a nun's mysterious murder in a remote parish in northern Michigan in 1911 and the charge that her superior, Father Rivard, is her murderer. The action alternates among interrogations, testimony and scenes from the past to reveal that Father Rivard (Christopher Patrick Mullen), who had been banished to the small, up-country parish, fell in love with Sister Rita (Casandera M.J. Lollar); and when circumstances forced her to move into the rectory with him, his anguish became unbearable.

The Off-Broadway ensemble includes Becky Byers, Nat Cassidy, Heather E. Cunningham, Casandera M.J. Lollar, Joe Mathers, Christopher Patrick Mullen, Alisha Spielmann, Ric Sechrest, and Richard Waddingham.

Off-Broadway performances of THE RUNNER STUMBLES begin Thursday, May 3 and run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm at the Arclight Theatre (152 West 71st Street, between Broadway and Columbus Avenue). Tickets are $37 ($30 Seniors). $20 Student Rush tickets at the box office, based on availability. For reservations, call 212-352-3101.

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