Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 19th Century
Settings Of Play - The orchard and home of Yegor Pesotsky, Kovrin's Moscow apartment.
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Kovrin arrives at Pesotsky's estate, where he spent his childhood, to find the orchard filled with smoke and threatened by frost. When dawn arrives, the orchard is saved and, in the following weeks, Kovrin finds joy away from the demands of city and university life, begins to see Pesotsky's daughter Tanya in a new light, and becomes aware that Pesotsky is troubled about the survival of his magnificent gardens. He remains tormented by a subtle, original idea. An emissary from the unknown, the legendary Black Monk, appears to Kovrin, bringing opportunies and risks from invisible realms into the concrete world. While love makes certain claims in uncertain ways, Kovrin, Pesotsky and Tanya face choices that have consequences beyond the desired and foreseen.
"David Rabe did theater a favor by adapting Anton Chekhov’s short story The Black Monk for the stage." - Philadelphia Inquirer, Read More
"Highly recommended for fans of literature or thoughtful theater." - Philadelphia Stage Magazine, Read More
The Black Monk premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in May 2003 under the direction of Daniel Fish.