Lee Blessing

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, oftencontroversial 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.