Kevin Newbury directs a four-person cast comprising Austin Pendleton as the Monk, Scott Robertson as Igor, Elon Rutberg as Andrei and Julie Craig as Tanya. With book, lyrics and music by Blackburn Prize-winner Wendy Kesselman, the work "follows the life of a gifted young artist Andrei. After five years in Moscow, Andrei returns home to his adopted father Igor and childhood love Tanya. As his talent blossoms, will Andrei be able to hold on to love, family, and his sanity or will the power of the mysterious Black Monk drive him into the unknown?"
Black Monk runs at the Samuel Beckett Theater through Jan. 3, 2009. Show times are Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday-Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 and 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.
Here is a look at the opening-night party at Theatre Row's Lounge:
Photos by Aubrey Reuben