Lee Blessing

Playwright, The Family Line

LEE BLESSING’S revised version of his play A Body of Water will have its world premiere at the Actors’ Co-op Theatre in Los Angeles next Spring.  He wrote A Walk in the Woods, which was seen on Broadway and London’s West End, and also seen on PBS’s “American Playhouse.  He was nominated for Tony and Olivier Awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Among other honors, his plays have twice won the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics’ Association Award.  Both the Signature Theatre and Profile Theatre in Portland, Oregon have devoted full seasons to Blessing’s plays. Off-Broadway plays include 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.  Notable recent world premieres: For the Loyal, A User’s Guide to Hell, Featuring Bernard Madoff, A View of the Mountains, Perilous Night, 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, Lonesome Hollow, Flag Day and Whores, The Scottish Play, Black Sheep, and The Winning Streak.  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. 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.