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The Black Monk: A Chamber Musical

book, music and lyrics by Wendy Kesselman, inspired by the Anton Chekhov story
Musical, Drama
3 men, 1 woman
Total Cast: 4, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-2369-6

FEE: Quoted upon application. INSTRUMENTATION: Piano/Vocal, Cello
THE STORY: After five intense years of study in Moscow, Andrei returns home to his faithful guardian Igor and rekindles his attachment to Tanya, his childhood love. Andrei’s artistic obsession thrives in the embrace of this adoring family, but the Black Monk, a spectral and charming figure only Andrei sees, threatens to lure him into the unknown. A spellbinding chamber musical inspired by Anton Chekhov’s classic story, THE BLACK MONK shows us a man in the grip of genius, madness and loss, despite the enduring power of love.
“THE BLACK MONK, Wendy Kesselman’s dark and dainty musical about a young painter who goes gracefully mad in his little house by the sea, is just the ticket for small art venues with refined tastes. [An] atmospheric chamber piece from a Chekhov short story delicately retooled into a musical meditation on the fine line between artistic genius and manic-depression.” —Variety.