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Public Domain presents: Music video debut of “Ain’t We Got Fun” from Chekhov’s Ivanough (dir. by Andrew Neisler)
November 17, 2010, 10:00
Filed under: theater, Uncategorized, video

The Tank and Full Circle Theatre Company present Public Domain: a monthly staged reading series featuring plays in the public domain with no copyright restrictions called. Once a play has entered public domain, it belongs to everyone. It becomes ours to do with as we please. As such, we thought it’d be cool if we offered up some of the creative decision-making to our audiences. We’ve selected our first seven plays, and seven directors with very different approaches. We had our audiences assign a play to each director.

This month, we’re bringing you Anton Chekhov’s rarely performed Ivanoughdirected by Andrew Neisler. In 1887, Anton Chekhov was commissioned to write a four-act comedy. In typical Chekhovian style, the play centers on a debt-ridden, Russian landowner whose wife contracts Tuberculosis. Instead of taking care of her, Nikolai Ivanough falls in love with the daughter of his moneylender. Hilarity ensues. Come witness how Chekhov masterfully evokes pity for his philandering hero.

We’re ecstatic to debut our third music video produced by Kate Freer and Dave Tennent at Room 404 Media! Inspired by music videos of the 90’s, these will be projected during our production of Ivanough to create a dream world for our characters. All music in the videos comes from the public domain and have been arranged by Drama Desk nominee Adam Cochran. The video for “Ain’t We Got Fun” takes place during a big party scene in the play, a party that everyone wishes they had attended. Unlike the previous two videos, there is no specific source video from the 90’s but it carries the same old timey revival in the style of The Dresden Dolls–akin to Neisler’s vision to revive 123 year old Chekhov play!

Missed the first videos? Click to watch “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody” and “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.”

Ivanough opens TONIGHT at the Tank! Presale tickets are available at

The Cast:
Alex Fast as Ivanough
Liz Alderfer as Sasha
Claire Rothrock as Anna
Andrew Farmer as Dr. Lvoff
Preston Martin as Michael Borkin
Dylan Lamb as Paul Lebedieff
Jessie Barr as Zinaida
Kate Weber as Martha
Jabari Brisport as Matthew Shabelski
Michael Lister as Kosich
Jaclyn Backhaus as Avdotia

With new original re-orchestrations by
Adam Cochran, Barrie McClain, Jo Lampert, and Preston Martin

And featuring the choreography of
Ben Hobbs and Ani Niemann


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