Breaking String Theater was founded several years ago with the mission of bringing the works of Anton Chekhov to the stages of Austin. But depending on which Chekhov scholar you ask, the author wrote either only four or five full-length plays, and Breaking String has now staged all of them.
That doesn't mean they're out of material, though. In addition to his plays, Chekhov also wrote dozens of short stories, some of which have been adapted for the stage. When Breaking String found itself with the production rights for the stage version of the short story The Black Monk, they decided to create a Chekhov short story double bill.
To go along with The Black Monk, Broken String commissioned an adaptation of The Fiancée from playwright Eliza Bent. In Bent's version of the story (now titled The Beyoncé), the action is updated to 2014 Austin. The two plays will be performed with the same cast back-to-back every night.