Sara Liebowitz, portrayed by Kim Asbury, Al Nierwinski as the Pope, Steve Shackelford as the Cardinal and Skylar Gay as Miriam Liebowitz in a scene where the Cardinal comes to convince the Pope he must leave the “kidnapper’s” house.

“The Day They Kidnapped the Pope” opens this Thursday, March 23 on the Attic Productions’ stage.

The play is directed by Sally Miller and is a comedy by Joao Bethencourt. In the play, the Pope decides to take a taxi during a visit to New York. The taxi driver, on the spur of the moment, decides to take the Pope home with him, surprising his family and the world by asking for one day of world peace as ransom.

The play runs March 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, and April 1. Evening performances start at 7:30 each day, Saturday matinees start at 2:30. All adult tickets are $12, with a reduced rate for those 18 years and under and for groups of 10 or more at $10. Call the Attic Productions box office (473-1001) for reservations. Volunteers staff the office on Monday and Wednesday, 3-7 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The D. Geraldine Lawson Performing Arts Center is located at 7490 Roanoke Road, Fincastle.

The cast includes:

Sam – Bill Joppich

Sara – Kim AsburyFincastle.

The cast includes:

Sam – Bill Joppich

Sara – Kim Asbury

Miriam – Skylar Gay and Susannah Kellam

Irving – Matthew Clayton

Pope – AL Nierwinski

Rabbi – Gene Marrano

Cardinal – Steve Shackelford

Sheriff – Steven Aaron

Newscaster – Walter Miller

Newscaster – Wyatt Ewell

Commentator – Wanda Shackelford

Sergeant, Reporter, General – Josh DiPalma

Salvatore Mangini – Sean Lavery

Assistant Director Brigid DePalma

Stage Managers – Becky Gay, Josh DiPalma