Comprised of the one-acts, The Doctor, A Chamber Opera, and A Joke, A Musical, Days and Nights is adapted and directed by Byungkoo Ahn, a third generation member of Korea's most prominent theatre directing family.
Composed by Martin Herman with a libretto by T. F. Curley, The Doctor, A Chamber Opera is based on the 1887 Chekov story and visits the mindscape of a physician overcome with grief and uncertainty as he visits a dying young boy he has reason to believe is his illegitimate son. The Doctor, A Chamber Opera had its world-premiere in 2002 in Prague and Bruno in the Czech Republic with the help of The Trust for Mutual Understanding, an American foundation for cultural and environmental exchange between nations.
Based on Chekhov's 1886 tale, A Joke, A Musical features music by the composer regarded as the father of the popular Korean love song, the late Young Hoon Lee. The musical was created by Byungkoo Ahn, who blended Chekhov's tale of unspoken love with the celebrated, heartbreaking love songs of Mr. Lee, the most prominent composer of popular ballads in Korea. Lee's music was especially popular with young people in the 80's and 90's during that period of great political and social change in Korea. Today's generation remains familiar with Young Hoon Lee's music through popular remakes recorded by a new generation of Korean singers. According to Mr. Ahn, Chekhov was the favorite author of Young Hoon Lee, who died in 2008.