Sabrina Martin of Waldorf (Sister Rita), left, and Anthony Kiser of Leonardtown (Father Rivard) star in the Main Stage Theatre's production of “The Runner Stumbles” at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Center theater, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The play, produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., is about a young nun who has died under mysterious circumstances in a remote parish in northern Michigan, and her superior 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, spelled 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. Show times are 7:30 p.m., Sept. 15; 8 p.m., Sept. 16; and 2 p.m., Sept. 17. $15 adults, $12 military/seniors/youth. firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-934-7828, www.csmd.edu/Arts.
CSM Main Stage Theatre: “The Runner Stumbles.” 7:30 p.m., Sept. 15; 8 p.m,. Sept. 16 and 2 p.m., Sept. 17. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Center theater, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The play is based on an actual turn-of-the-century trial for the murder of a nun in a remote parish in Michigan. $15 adults, $12 military/seniors/youth. email@example.com, 301-934-7828, www.csmd.edu/Arts.