The Black Monk

Saturday, April 29
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2hr 00mins // directed by:Kama Ginkas // featuring:Sergey Makovetskiy, Igor Yasulovich, Julia Svezhakova, Valeriy Barinov// In Russian with English subtitles.

Presented by Stage Russia HD, and based on the short story by Anton Chekhov, The Black Monk tells the tragic tale of philosophy student Andrey Vasil'ich Kovrin.

Featuring an introduction and post-screening Q&A with Russian theatre writer, scholar, and critic Dr. Anatoly Smeliansky! 

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 relationsship 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 Theater Festival in St. Petersburg.


Andrey Kovrin | Sergey Makovetskiy 
Black Monk | Igor Yasulovich 
Tanya Pesotskaya | Julia Svezhakova 
Yegor Pesotsky | Valeriy Barinov

Creative Team

Director | Kama Ginkas 
Design | Sergey Barkhin 
Assistant Director | Nikolay Aksenov 
Lighting Technician | M. Biryukov 
Sound | A. Radugin