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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 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/121154

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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Public Domain presents: Music video debut of “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” from Chekhov’s Ivanough (dir. by Andrew Neisler)
November 16, 2010, 13:15
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 second 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. We’re proud to bring you the opening number for the show! Our video for “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” draws inspiration from The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” and features Preston Martin as Michael Borkin. Chekhov never looked this good. Missed the first video? Click here to catch up!

Ivanough opens TOMORROW at the Tank! Presale tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/121154

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



(NSFW) Public Domain presents: Music video debut of “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody” from Chekhov’s Ivanough (dir. by Andrew Neisler)
November 15, 2010, 16:55
Filed under: theater

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 first of three music videos 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 “Pretty Girl” draws inspiration from Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” and features Liz Alderfer as the lonely Sasha. Watch her make her big entrance! Chekhov never looked this good.

Presale tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/121154

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



Photos from @splitknuckle ‘s upcoming acrobatic theater show, ENDURANCE
October 18, 2010, 11:30
Filed under: announcements, Photo, theater

We’re really excited for next month’s production of ENDURANCE, so we’d like to give you a peek with some photos!


Office gymnastics meets daring Antarctic exploration in the unlikely setting of a Hartford insurance office in this inventive and funny piece. Masters of movement, Split Knuckle Theatre, have performed their original, fascinating works internationally and will bring the World Premiere of Endurance to The Tank November 4th, 2010.

Trapped in Antarctica with no hope of rescue, the great British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton kept 27 men alive for two years in the most inhospitable climate on earth. Ninety-five year later, in the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression, Hartford insurance man Walter Spivey, struggling to save his employees’ jobs, relives Shackleton’s story. Can one of the greatest leaders in human history inspire him to conquer the corporate world? Two survival stories collide in this inventive and surprising adventure where desks become ship decks and four actors become dozens of characters in a story that spans 95 years and 8000 miles.

Buy tickets for Theater @ The Tank Presents: Endurance



Public Domain #1: Philoctetes by Sophocles
September 22, 2010, 15:51
Filed under: theater
Public Domain #1: Philoctetes by Sophocles directed by Garrett Zuercher

Public Domain #1: Philoctetes by Sophocles directed by Garrett Zuercher

The Tank blog welcomes Kevin Laibson, theater curator for The Tank and artistic director for Full Circle Theatre Company, as well as co-executive producer for the Public Domain theater series.

The Tank asked me to write a blog about the Public Domain series that they are producing in conjunction with Full Circle. Since they’ve been so good to me, and I love attention, I happily obliged. Full Circle wanted to start a readings series as cheaply as we could. This left us with two options: new works or classics (it’s starting to become clearer why there are so many small theater companies with the words “new works” or “classics” in their mission statements, right?). New works are wonderful – the lifeblood of the theater, blah, blah – but it’s awfully hard to consistently find great new stuff, and even harder to convince people to come out to stuff totally on faith. As we started poking around the classics arena, we found ourselves talking a lot about how cool the concept of public domain intellectual property is. If a piece of art exists for long enough it belongs to all of us – there’s something sort of beautiful and amazing about that. It’s easy to forget that the creation of a piece of art is ostensibly a service for the people – I love that with enough distance from creation, it is released in to society for us to do with as we please. So we wanted to highlight that. Some of the greatest works ever created are ours to mess with for the sake of saying new things.

So. We picked 7 plays from different points in history and all over the world, and 7 directors with vastly different aesthetics, and we put them all on the internet, where we let anybody who wanted to vote to assign each director a play. Thursday, we open with Sophocles’ Philoctetes, directed in ASL and voice by Garrett Zuercher. Garrett, deaf himself, and probably best known as Huck in the Broadway touring company of Deaf West’s acclaimed Big River, is working very hard to make theater equally accessible to deaf and hearing audiences. Philoctetes features a chorus made up of hearing, hard of hearing, and deaf actors, with various fluency in ASL, and Garrett has cast hearing and deaf actors in the principle roles. As producer, my big concern once the votes were cast was whether the language of a Greek tragedy would translate stylistically in to ASL. So when Garrett sat down and told me his concept for the show, and how incredibly it capitalized on the themes of the show, I forgot all about the language. Philoctetes is certainly not just some Greek play: it deals with isolation, deceit, exploitation, and assumption. Re-positioning it as a piece of deaf theater (which I hesitate to call it, as it really is just theater that is accessible to more than one kind of audience), Garrett refocused this play in a big way for me, which is far beyond my expectations for how this series might work out.

After Philoctetes, we run Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus in October, directed by Andrew Scoville, who will be just coming off of Assistant Directing Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and who has a mild obsession with order and chaos. All I’m comfortable telling you about his Faust is that it’s set on Wall Street, and it uses interactive video performance software triggered by live digital sound design. And also that I believe it will be awesome.

With that, I leave you. I’m going to watch Andrew Neisler workshop Ivanough for November.



Public Domain Results are in! Thanks for voting!
July 27, 2010, 10:00
Filed under: announcements, theater

Beginning in September, The Tank and Full Circle Theatre Company are producing a monthly staged reading series featuring plays in the public domain with no copyright restrictions. 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. Polls closed on July 6th and the results are in!


September 23, 24: Garrett Zuercher directs Philoctetes by Sophocles
October 21, 22: Andrew Scoville directs The Tragical Comedy of Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
November 18, 19: Andrew Neisler directs Ivanov by Anton Chekhov
December 16, 17: Homunculus Mask Theater Company directs RUR by Karel Capek
February 17, 18: Michael Laibson directs Anna Christie by Eugene O’Neill
March 17, 18: Zoe Farmingdale directs Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
April 21, 22: Rafael Gallegos directs Demetrius by Frederich Schiller

For more information about each performance check out http://thetanknyc.org



Thanks for celebrating our 7th anniversary! Donate today so we can celebrate next year!
June 8, 2010, 13:32
Filed under: announcements, comedy, dance, film, literature, music, public affairs, puppets, theater

Thank you to everyone who came out and performed, donated, drank, won prizes, and sang karaoke on Saturday– it was a blast and we cannot thank you enough. However, The Tank is $12,801.00 from meeting its budget for this fiscal year. To donate, please visit http://www.thetanknyc.org/membership

We’ve got till the end of the month to raise the money, and while it seems like a lot, we just need 641 people to donate $20 each. That’s 641 of 5,000 who are on our email list, over 2,000 artists we give free and subsidized space, and the more than 12,000 audience members we offer affordable admission, cheap beer, and programming you won’t find anywhere else.

Donate money. You can make a 100% tax deductible donation through Paypal at http://thetanknyc.org/membership, in person at The Tank, or by sending checks to: The Tank 354 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036

No money? Donate time, become a volunteer. We always need front of house and technical volunteers. There’s no minimum time commitment and all Tank volunteers see any of our shows for free. Write Trey Tatum at volunteer@thetanknyc.org for more information or to sign up!

No time? Donate stuff. Because we serve so many artists and have such a small staff, our equipment is constantly breaking, in need of service, or just plain out of date. Visit http://www.thetanknyc.org/wishlist for our wishlist and find out how you can donate equipment, office supplies, and other things we can use.

Nothing to donate? Find someone who can! Spread the word. Follow us on Twitter @TheTankNYC and retweet our campaign messages. Make our donation page your Facebook status. Email your friends and tell them what The Tank has done for you and ask them to donate.

We’re confident that with your help, we’ll close the gap and continue our exciting mission of supporting emerging arts in New York City!