Stage Russia HD: The Black Monk
Location: Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts (Map it)
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Kama Ginkas
Based on the Anton Chekhov short story, “The Black Monk” tells the tragic tale of philosophy student Andrey Vasil'ich Kovrin. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, Kovrin decides to visit his childhood friend Tanya Pesotsky at the estate of her father. As he and Tanya develop a relationship and eventually marry, a black monk of legend begins appearing to Kovrin in visions. Though these hallucinations at first imbue the young man with joy and energy, they eventually lead to his ruin.
Kama Ginkas’ dramatization of Chekhov’s story for The Moscow Young Generation Theater has become a theatre sensation. The show has won the Grand Prix and the Critics’ Prize for Best Production at the Baltic House international theatre festival
in St. Petersburg.
Presented in Russian with English subtitles.
Running time: 2 hours with one intermission.