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Milan Stitt 1941–

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American dramatist and screenwriter.

Stitt is the author of The Runner Stumbles (1974), the story of a priest on trial for the murder of a nun whom he loved. Both a murder mystery and a tale of forbidden love, the play explores the conflict between human nature and the restrictions imposed on it by Catholic doctrine. Stitt wrote the first version of The Runner Stumbles as a drama student at Yale University in 1964 and rewrote it several times before it opened on Broadway to generally favorable reviews in 1976. He also wrote the screenplay for a film version of his play, which was produced in 1979. Stitt has written several other plays, but only The Runner Stumbles has been widely produced.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 69-72.)

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