McManus Stage

The Runner

The Runner

By Christopher Morris
Presented by Human Cargo Theatre
Directed by Daniel Brooks
Starring Gord Rand

November 5 to 16, 2019 
McManus Stage | Opens November 6

★★★★ - The Globe and Mail
A beautiful, gripping production.” - The Slotkin Letter

ZAKA is an Orthodox Jewish volunteer rescue and recovery team in Israel that collects the remains of Jews killed in accidents. Follow Jacob — a ZAKA volunteer — as he grapples with the political and moral fallout of saving a woman’s life. Based on interviews with real-life ZAKA members, The Runner is “an intense and visceral new thriller that will make your heart rate soar and leave you breathless” according to The Globe and Mail.

"The McManus Stage is an intimate setting in which we are able to explore powerful stories close up. This production has been created in an incredibly innovative way — I won’t reveal more — which allows Jacob’s relentless race towards (or from) the truth to come stunningly to life." – Dennis Garnhum, Artistic Director

Header photo by Graham Isador

Running time: 60 minutes, no intermission


Pull up a chair for a casual conversation with the artists from the show at the Speak Easy, Wednesday November 13, post-show in the McManus. The bar will be open!

The Runner

The Cast

Gord Rand

Production Team

Christopher Morris
Artistic Director of Human Cargo Theatre & Playwright
Daniel Brooks
Severn Thompson
Associate Director
Gillian Gallow
Set & Costume Design
Bonnie Beecher
Lighting Design
Alexander MacSween
Composer & Sound Designer
Jeff Pybus
Production Manager & Associate Lighting Designer
Judy Farthing
Stage Manager
Ada Aguilar
Assistant Stage Manager
Eric Dizon
Graphic Designer
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