A WALK IN THE WOODS by Lee Blessing


March 17- April 15, 2018

Previews: March 17-25 ($25 tickets)
Opening Night: Monday, March 26th @ 7pm
TBG Main Stage Theatre, 312 West 36 St
Tickets: $25-$35

Stemming from an actual incident in Geneva in 1983 when a Soviet and an American diplomat took “a walk in the woods” together during arms control talks, Lee Blessing’s provocative two-character drama was a finalist for the 1987 Pulitzer Prize.

Set during the end of the Cold War, A Walk In The Woods tells the tale of a series of meetings between two diplomat-negotiators, American and Russian.  The two characters have clearly different agendas. The veteran Russian tries to forge a human connection, since he expects very little will get accomplished in the way of substantive political change. The younger American believes they should buckle down and do some real negotiating. The plot thickens as it becomes clear that the American and Russian governments that the diplomats represent are making decisions and taking actions that are in complete opposition to the Ambassadors’ efforts. 

The play raises deep questions, “What can we do to heal the world?” “What is the value of human connection?” “How can we best bridge fundamental differences?” Blessing’s story has chilling resonance in today’s political climate.

“A work of passion and power with the ring of political truth.”Time Magazine
“A minor miracle.” –New York Magazine

About Lee Blessing, playwright…

Plays include A Walk In The Woods (Broadway and London’s West End), Going to St. Ives, (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Play; Obie Award for Ensemble Performance), Thief River (Drama Desk nomination, Best Play), Cobb (Drama Desk Award, Best Ensemble), Chesapeake, Eleemosynary, Down The Road, The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid, and Cold Water. In the 1992-93 Signature Theatre season: Fortinbras, Lake Street Extension, Two Rooms and the world premiere of Patient A. Recent regional world premieres A Body of Water at the Guthrie Theater and the Old Globe Theatre; Lonesome Hollow, Flag Day and Whores, all at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival; The Scottish Play at La Jolla Playhouse; Black Sheep at Florida Stage and The Winning Streak at George Street Playhouse. Other plays: Independence, Riches, Oldtimers Game and Nice People Dancing To Good Country Music and Perilous Night. Other awards: The American Theater Critics Circle Award, the L.A. Drama Critics Award, The Great American Play Award, The Humanitas Award and the George and Elisabeth Marton Award among others. Nominations for Tony and Olivier awards, as well as for the Pulitzer Prize. Blessing is married to playwright and TV writer Melanie Marnich.