The Museum of Russian Art Main Gallery | Monday, March 6 at 7pm.
Following last year’s reading of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Theatre Novi Most and The Museum of Russian Art continue to explore classics from the Russian dramatic canon with Turgenev’s A Month in the Country, directed by Theatre Novi Most co-artistic director Vladimir Rovinsky.
About the play: The setting is the Arkady’s Islaev country estate in the 1840s. Natalya Petrovna is married to Arkady Islaev, a rich landowner seven years her senior. Bored with life, she welcomes the attentions of Mikhail Rakitin as her devoted but resentful admirer, without ever letting their friendship develop into a love affair.
The arrival of the handsome student Aleksei Belyaev as tutor to her son Kolya ends her boredom. Natalya falls in love with Aleksei, but so does her ward Vera, the Islaev's foster daughter. Natalya attempts to rid herself of rivals while Rakitin struggles with his love for Natalya. Misunderstandings arise and suspicion abounds in this classic Russian tale of fleeting pleasure amidst everyday monotony.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.