Stage Russia HD: “The Black Monk”
Saturday, April 1, 2 p.m.
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 theater sensation. The show won the Grand Prix and the Critics’ Prize for best production at the Baltic House International Theatre Festival in St. Petersburg.
“The Black Monk” is presented in Russian with English subtitles.
The Wirtz Center’s Stage on Screen broadcasts are sponsored by a generous grant from The Alumnae of Northwestern University. National Theatre Live is supported by funding from Arts Council England and AVIVA.
Tickets are $20 for general public and $10 for students with valid I.D. They are available online at the Wirtz Center website, by phone at 847-491-4819 or in person at the Wirtz Center box office in the Barber Theater lobby, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston.