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Wild Honey (Frayne adaptation of "Platonov")

Wild Honey (Frayne adaptation of "Platonov")
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Anton Chekhov
Adapted by: Michael Frayn
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 107
Pub. Date: 1984
ISBN-10: 0573690464
ISBN-13: 9780573690464
Cast Size: 6 women, 12 men

About the Play:

Wild Honey is a full-length comedy adapted by Michael Frayn, from an original play by Anton Chekhov. A provincial Russian schoolteacher struggles to remain faithful to his wife, despite the attentions of three other women, in Michael Frayn's adaptation of the early Chekhov play alternatively known as 'The Play without a Name' or Platonov.

Wild Honey is a tale of nineteenth century Russian life replete with classic misunderstandings, irrepressible desires and nostalgia for a vanishing world. Village schoolmaster Platonov has it all: wit, intelligence, a comfortable and respectable life in provincial Russia, and the attentions of four beautiful women – one of whom is his devoted wife. As summer arrives and the seasonal festivities commence, the rapidly intensifying heat makes everyone giddy with sunlight, vodka – and passion. The comedy of errors, drawn from Chekhov's posthumously discovered, untitled early play (the title page was missing) is usually called Platonov after the protagonist.

Michael Frayn has transformed the young Anton Chekhov's wild and rambling epic Platonov into a glorious and intriguing comic masterpiece that premiered in 1984 at the National Theatre of Britain. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and is regularly performed in regional repertory and college theatre productions.

Cast: 6 women, 12 men.

What people say:

"One of the best evenings in the theater that Broadway has given us over the past few years." — New York Post

"The triumph of Frayn's translation/adaptation is to have taken the bones of this immature work and molded it to offer us a tantalizing glimpse of the genius to come." — London City Limits

"The world can rejoice in an "new' play by Chekhov … a sprawling study of a provincial Don Juan whose indiscriminate love of women leads not only to their downfall but to his own." — Sunday Express (London)

"Brilliant." — The Guardian (London)

"An uncomfortable cross between a Whitehall farce and a petulant midlife crisis comedy." — The Scotsman (Edinburgh)

About the Playwrights:

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian physician, dramaturge and author of hundreds of short stories and several plays. He is regarded by many as both the greatest Russian storyteller and the father of modern drama. His plays, including The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard, are performed in theatres throughout the world and he is second only to Shakespeare in the number of productions his plays receive.

Michael Frayn has written plays, novels, and screenplays, in addition to being a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and translator of Chekhov. His thirteen plays include Copenhagen, which was awarded the Tony Award for Best Play, as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards and, in the United Kingdom, the Olivier and Evening Standard awards. His novel Headlong was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Born in London in 1933 and educated at Cambridge, Frayn is married to the biographer and critic Claire Tomalin; they live in London.

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