“Shostakovich and The Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy” comes from the minds of acclaimed theatrical director, James Glossman, and Emerson String Quartet member, Philip Setzer. The piece combines chamber music and theater to weave a story of art, love, madness and freedom.
About the Production
Dmitri Shostakovich dreamed of creating an opera based on Chekhov's mystical tale, The Black Monk. Decades of suffering under political attacks within an oppressive Soviet regime wreaked havoc on the composer’s life, leaving the work ultimately unfinished. Haunted by the looming aftermath of Stalin’s totalitarian reign, Shostakovich is left with a deteriorating body and mind, struggling to complete his life’s work. In a bold intersection of chamber music and theater, witness the trials and redemption of one man’s obsession as the Emerson String Quartet and a cast of actors tell this story through the eyes of Shostakovich himself.
"Shostakovich and The Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy" is presented in cooperation with Wayne State University and the Detroit Institute of Arts with support from the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Support for activities at Wayne State University is provided by the Charles H. Gershenson Trust, Maurice S. Binkow, Trustee and the following Wayne State University programs and departments: Office of International Programs, Honors College , College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts, Office of the Vice President for Research, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Global Studies Program and Humanities Center. The appearance of the Emerson String Quartet is supported by Linda and Maurice Binkow.
Created by Philip Setzer and James Glossman
Musical Direction by Philip Setzer
Written and Directed by James Glossman
Len Cariou (Shostakovich)
Jay O. Sanders (Stalin)
Evelyn McGee Colbert