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A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Lee Blessing

Oberon Books


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


“A minor miracle.” –New York Magazine


“A riveting study in the way two opposed people try (or not) to clamber out of ideological stalemate...Blessing cleverly keeps us guessing with a taut script.” –Metro


Set in the midst of the Cold War, Lee Blessing’s powerful and startling play dramatizes a stand-off between U.S. and Soviet arms negotiators as they battle for supremacy. Full of tension and humor A Walk in the Woods shows how the relationship between the two experts evolves as they stroll in the woods above Geneva, away from the glare of the negotiating table. But will this escape lead to a true breakthrough or just more posturing?


In this revised version of the play, originally performed at Northern Stage, Vermont, and directed by Nicholas Kent, a woman plays the role of the U.S. negotiator.

Lee Blessing, a multi-award-winning playwright, has been a major force in post 1960s American theatre. Blessing’s plays are considered by many critics to be truthful, often controversial explorations in the variance of human relationships. His plays reach into the depth of human souls to find the underlying truths that bind people, no matter what their political viewpoint, sexual preference, ethnicity or gender. He has been awarded The American Theater Critics Circle Award, The Great American Play Award, and many others. Three of his plays have been cited in Time magazine’s list of the year’s Ten Best. Blessing heads the graduate playwriting program at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

Blessing's work was first produced at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1982 and many of his subsequent scripts would premiere and find success regionally. His most notable plays include A Walk in the Woods (1988), dealing with the friendship that develops between an American and a Russian diplomat; Eleemosynary (1988), about three generations of independent women; and Cobb (2000), which explored the many facets of baseball legend Ty Cobb.


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