The Black Monk, MTuZ

The Black Monk, MTuZ

September 23, 2019April 27, 2020

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2 hours
Without Intermission

the black monkStage Russia screening series
Co-presentation with Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts



Based on the short story by Anton Chekhov, Kama Ginkas’ astounding reimagining highlights and builds off of the Chekhovian tension between the beauty of life and the tragedy

of how it is lived. The story tells the 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.

Winner of the Grand Prix and the Critics’ Prize for Best Production, Best Director (Ginkas), Best Actor (Sergey Makovetskiy) and a Golden Mask award for Best Stage Design (Sergey Barkhin).

Language: Russian
Translation: English subtitles
Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes (without intermission).



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

Creative Team

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

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