A Walk in the Woods

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A Walk in the Woods (1988), a play by American playwright Lee Blessing (1949-*). Blessing spent time in Russia where he found inspiration to write his best-known work, the award-winning A Walk in the Woods. According to interviews with Blessing, the play, which depicts the developing relationship between a Russian and an American arms limitation negotiator is based on fact. Apparently, during the 1982 talks in Geneva, Switzerland, Soviet Yuli Kvitsinsky and American Paul Nitze left the formal discussions to literally take a walk in the woods. Following its premiere in Waterford, Connecticut, A Walk in the Woods was nominated for both a Tony award and a Pulitzer Prize. Though the production won neither award, it was reprised produced in Moscow in 1989 and later adapted for television.

Presented by The Market Theatre Company and Volute Productions in the Baxter Theatre in November 1989. Directed by Leonard Schach, design by Sarah Roberts, lighting design by Mannie Manim. Nominated as Best Play of the Year for the Vita Awards, 1989. The role of Botvinnik was played by Michael Atkinson (nominated as Best Actor for a Vita Award) and that of Honeyman by Michael McGovern.


Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Blessing

Baxter Theatre pamphlet October-November 1989.


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