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Chekhov’s first play coming to Arcosanti Sept. 28-29

While the original play ran five hours, LAARK Production’s take on the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s first play, “Wild Honey,” will not be near as long, playing 2.5 hours. Playwright Michael Frayn adapted Chekhov’s original drama in 1984; it was written between 1880 and 1882, and had no title.

LAARK Productions’ performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Colly Soleri Music Center at Arcosanti. Tickets for the play are $20 adults, $10 students.

Consider attending dinner at 6 p.m. before the performance for an additional $20. Dinner reservations are required.

The menu consists of:

Zakuski - Eggplant caviar, pickled cucumbers and mushrooms with Russian style country bread.

Summer Borsch - a chilled version of the Russian beet classic.

Dacha Salad - cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, dill and scallions with a sour cream dressing.

Red Lobio - cranberry beans with celery and chili.

Green Lobio - green beans with buttery scrambled eggs and cilantro.

Kasha - roasted buckwheat with veggies.

Shashlik - honey and thyme chicken and apricot kebabs.

Vegan Shuba - potatoes, carrots and beets layered with Nori and veganaise.

Sharlotka Cake - traditional Russian apple pie - vegan option available.


Wild Honey was Chekhov’s first play written as a 21- or 22-year-old. It involves a widowed landowner, a doctor and Platonov, the teacher, and his wife. The second act is considered classic comedy with many misinterpretations and mishaps surrounding a lovers’ rendezvous.

For more information, call Shannon Mackenzie, Public Relations coordinator at 928-632-6225 or email

Arcosanti is located between Phoenix and Flagstaff at the junction of Interstate 17 and Highway 69 (exit 263, then follow the signs).

Follow Sue Tone on Twitter @ToneNotes. Reach her at or 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.


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