Lee Blessing

Plays written by Lee Blessing

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL

Synopses:

Minneapolis / St. Paul – Randall, a successful mystery writer with a wife and teenaged daughter, lives in Minneapolis. Mandy, a bit of a mystery with a husband and a troublesome, drug-addicted stepson, lives in St. Paul. Randall and Mandy are the same person. This gender-bending tale of bigamy chronicles the struggle of Randall/Mandy’s searching for him/herself without destroying the lives of those who matter most. We flow back and forth in time as well as back and forth between characters. We learn the whys and especially the hows of a highly specific life and everyone it affects.

BIO:

Broadway and London’s West End: A WALK IN THE WOODS (also seen on PBS’s “American Playhouse”), revived by Keen Company on Theatre Row in October, 2014. Off-Broadway: WHEN WE GO UPON THE SEA, A BODY OF WATER, GOING TO ST. IVES (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Play, OBIE for ensemble performance); THIEF RIVER (Drama Desk nomination, Best Play); COBB (Drama Desk award, best ensemble); CHESAPEAKE, ELEEMOSYNARY and DOWN THE ROAD 1992-93 Signature Theatre season: FORTINBRAS, LAKE STREET EXTENSION, TWO ROOMS and the world premiere of PATIENT A. Notable premieres, here and abroad: FOR THE LOYAL, Illusion Theater, Minneapolis; A USER’S GUIDE TO HELL, FEATURING BERNARD MADOFF; produced by Project Y Theatre in Atlantic Theatre’s Second Space; A VIEW OF THE MOUNTAINS, New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch; PERILOUS NIGHT, Nimbus Theatre, Minneapolis, SEVEN JOYS (part of THE BOMB: A PARTIAL HISTORY, a ten-play cycle produced by the Tricycle Theatre, London); WOOD FOR THE FIRE (part of THE GREAT GAME, a twelve-play cycle produced by the Tricycle Theatre, London); GREAT FALLS, Humana New Play Festival of the Actors Theatre of Louisville; A BODY OF WATER, Tyrone Guthrie Theater; LONESOME HOLLOW, FLAG DAY and WHORES, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Shepherdstown, WV; THE SCOTTISH PLAY, La Jolla Playhouse; BLACK SHEEP, Florida Stage and THE WINNING STREAK, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ.

Other plays include MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, UNCLE, THE HOURGLASS PROJECT, INDEPENDENCE, RICHES, OLDTIMERS GAME and NICE PEOPLE DANCING TO GOOD COUNTRY MUSIC. Adaptations include COURTING HARRY, from “Becoming Justice Blackmun” by Linda Greenhouse, which world-premiered at History Theatre, St. Paul, MN and HEAVEN’S MY DESTINATION, from Thornton Wilder’s 1935 novel, commissioned by the Cleveland Play House. Profile Theatre in Portland, OR devoted its entire award-winning 2010-11 season to Blessing’s work, with productions and readings of fifteen of his plays. In October, 2011 Tricycle Theatre in London produced a revival of A WALK IN THE WOODS. Additional awards: The Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association Award and Citation, 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 the Pulitzer Prize.

For a dozen years Blessing headed the graduate playwriting program at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He is married to playwright and TV writer-producer Melanie Marnich and currently lives in Los Angeles.

In 2016 McFarland & Co. published The Theater of Lee Blessing, A Critical Study of 44 Plays, by Philip Zwerling.

Blessing is a current member or alumnus of the Writers Guild of America, west; the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis; New Dramatists in NY and the Societe des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques.