Ivanov
A.R.T. Season
November 26, 1999

A dazzling portrait of a restless man.  Treading a fine line between broad comedy and tragic melodrama, Ivanov is the most accessible of Chekhov's plays. Written when Chekhov was only twenty-seven, Ivanov is a dazzling portrait of a man too intelligent and too bored to endure his provincial life. The brilliant, restless Nikolai Ivanov is plagued with guilt and frustration when he finds himself drawn to a beautiful young girl who threatens to destroy the moral foundations of his world. Directed by Yuri Yeremin, Artistic Director of the Pushkin Theater.

SYNOPSIS

Brilliant, restless Nikolai Ivanov, a rural landowner, is increasingly exasperated with his provincial life, the stupidity of his colleagues and neighbors, and his wife, Anna, a converted Jew who is slowly dying of tuberculosis. When Lvov, Anna's doctor, accuses Ivanov of worsening his wife's condition with his angry temper and periods of depression, the enraged Ivanov leaves for a dazzling party at the Lebedev estate, where he finds companionship, gossip, and Sasha Lebedev, a romantic young girl who quickly falls in love with him. Anna secretly follows Ivanov to the party, where she surprises her husband and Sasha in an embrace. Caught between mistress and dying wife, Ivanov is sucked into an ever-deepening gloom of introspection that leads to inevitable tragedy.

Performed in repertory with The Idiots Karamazov.

Creative team
by

Anton Chekhov

Translated by Paul Schmidt
Adapted and directed by Yuri Yeremin
Set design by Scott Bradley
Costume design by Catherine Zuber
Lighting design by John Ambrosone
Sound design by Christopher Walker
Nikolái Ivánov, a landowner Arliss Howard
Anna, his wife, born Sarah Abramson Debra Winger
Shabélsky, his uncle Alvin Epstein
Bórkin, manager of his estate Will LeBow
Lébedev, a landowner Jeremy Geidt
Zinaida, his wife Karen MacDonald
Sasha, their daughter Kristin Proctor
Lvov, a doctor Benjamin Evett
Babákina, a rich widow Paula Plum
Kósykh, a guest of Lébedev Evan Zes
Doodkin, a guest of Lébedev William Church
Boodkin, a guest of Lébedev Matthew Francis
Avdótya, a guest of Lébedev Larisa Linetskaia
Gavrila, Lébedev's servant Robert Saxner
   

 

Ryan McKittrick talks to A.R.T. Artistic Director Robert Brustein, adaptor of Three Farces and a Funeral More

Anatoly Smeliansky introduces Ivanov More

An interview with Yuri Yeremin More

Gideon Lester talks to Debra Winger about her two jobs - as actor and as teacher. More

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Run time

2.5 hours, including 1 intermission

Venue

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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