Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Breaking String Theater presents: We Play Chekhov: The Black Monk and The Beyoncé

Thu, August 14, 2014 | The Long Center Rollins Studio Theater, 701 W Riverside Dr., Austin, TX 78704

Breaking String Theater presents: We Play Chekhov: The Black Monk and The Beyoncé


Breaking String Theater Presents:

We Play Chekhov: The Black Monk and
The Beyoncé

Two short stories adapted for the stage
Directed by Graham Schmidt


The Long Center Rollins Studio Theatre
August 14-24, 2014



Breaking String's We Play Chekhov includes two of Chekhov's masterful short stories adapted for the stage, presented as a double-bill in what will be the perfect summer night out for any theater-goer. The Black Monk (adapted by Kama Ginkas and translated by John Freedman) depicts Andrei Kovrin - a writer who is visited by an apparition in the form of a monk, dressed in black.The monk bears a tantalizing message: Kovrin's art flows directly from God. But when loved ones suspect a mental illness, this joyful chapter in Kovrin's life becomes a terrifying encounter with madness, megalomania and the mystery of artistic creation.

The second half of our double-bill features the world premiere of playwright Eliza Bent's adaptation of Chekhov'sfinal story, The Fianceé. In Bent's The Beyoncé, a young woman's engagement to a wealthy young man leaves much to be desired. Nadia's search for authentic love and purpose in a small town set her at odds with the community, and she faces the challenge of finding her own destiny in the world. Bent re-imagines Chekhov's wrenching story of love and self-discovery in a voice that is absolutely fresh, unique, and resonant with Chekhov's delicate humor.

Directed by Graham Schmidt with assistant director Bob Jones and featuring performances by noted artists Matt Radford, Ev Lunning, Jr, Noel Gaulin, Kathleen Taylor, Katherine Catmull, Lana Dieterich, and Judd Farris, with design by Ia Enstera (scenic), Pam Fletcher Friday (costumes), Steven Shirey (lights), and Buzz Moran (sound).

WHEN: 2014

● AUG 14-16 (Thurs-Sat) – 8:00 PM

● AUG 17 (Sun) – 5:00 PM



● AUG 21-23 (Thurs-Sat) – 8:00 PM

● AUG 24 (Sun) – 5:00 PM


The Long Center's Rollins Studio Theater, 701 W Riverside Dr., Austin, TX 78704


General Admission: $20 - $40 sliding scale

Mon., Aug. 18 & Wed., August 20: Artists Pay-What-You-Can Industry Nights

Student rush tickets released 10 minutes before curtain for all performances: $15

Available at and 512-474-LONG (5664)


BREAKING STRING THEATER, founded by Producing Artistic Director Graham Schmidt, produces drama important to Russian culture and exposes Austin audiences to new developments in Russian theater. We do this by staging excellent productions of Russian traditional and avant-garde plays, providing artists with a creative, respectful and professional work environment, and pursuing collaboration with Russian theater artists, notably through our

New Russian Drama Festivals, where we spotlight highprofile Russian playwrights and bring them to Austin for brief residencies, as well as premieres of new plays.

BREAKING STRING THEATER is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at

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