Darien Arts Center announces its final play of the season, "The Runner Stumbles," which will premiere this weekend.

The plot tells the story of how a young nun dies under mysterious circumstances in a remote parish in northern Michigan. Her superior, Father Rivard, stands charged with her murder. The action alternates between interrogations, testimony and scenes from the past which reveal that Father Rivard, being banished to the small, up-country Michigan parish, fell in love with Sister Rita. When circumstances force her to move into the rectory with him, his anguish becomes unbearable. Their relationship inevitably spells 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.

The production is directed by John B. Coppola of New Rochelle and stars Richard Warren of Bridgeport as Father Rivard, Kate Telfer of Greenwich as Sister Rita, and Barbara Lencheck of Norwalk as Mrs. Shandig. The cast, most of whom are returning actors from previous DAC productions, also features Darien teacher Abigail J. Warren, performing for the first time with her uncle. Adele Bernstein provided custom musical arrangement for the show, and Mrs. Keefe's fifth grade class at Brookside School in Norwalk recorded "The Lilac Song," the show's theme.

Performances will be held at the DAC Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m., and May 6, 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. For tickets or more information, contact the DAC box office at 203-655-5414, or visit arts.darien.org.

Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in dance, visual arts, theatre and music and performances by the Darien Players, and Cabaret Theatre. The organization is funded by private donations, tuition fees and ticket sales. For further information, call 203-655-8683 or visit arts.darien.org.

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