Kathleen Quinlan

Milan Stitt Playwright and educator Milan Stitt, 68, a playwright best known for "The Runner Stumbles," a drama about a fateful encounter in 1911 between a Catholic priest and a nun, died Thursday of liver cancer at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York. Since 1997 he had been head of the dramatic writing program at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, which announced his death. He was chairman of the playwriting program at Yale University from 1987 to 1993. Stitt reworked "The Runner Stumbles" many times before he settled on a version that was produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1974. A revision was staged in Stamford, Conn., the next year and...