A Walk in the Woods

Andrey Botvinnik is a charming, worldly and glib Russian. John Honeyman is a stuffy but passionately idealistic American. The two men sit on a bench in the middle of the woods near Geneva. One wants to talk about Willie Nelson and friendship. The other keeps bringing the conversation back to the purpose of their meeting.

Play title:  A Walk in the Woods

Author (s):  Lee Blessing

Publisher: Nal Penguin Inc.

Publication Date: 1986

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Atomic Physics

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 2 Men

Andrey Botvinnik, John Honeyman

Setting: A pleasant woods on the outskirts of Geneva

Time Period:  1980’s

Synopsis of Play:

Andrey Botvinnik is a charming, worldly and glib Russian. John Honeyman is a stuffy but passionately idealistic American. The two men sit on a bench in the middle of the woods near Geneva. One wants to talk about Willie Nelson and friendship. The other keeps bringing the conversation back to the purpose of their meeting: to hammer out the nuclear arms-control agreement between the two superpowers.

A stunningly powerful and proactive drama, based on an event that actually took place, A Walk in the Woods probes the more important issue of our time – the very survival of civilization. (play text cover blurb, Nal Penguin).

First Performance Date: February 20th, 1987

First Producer: Yale Repertory Theatre

Performance History:

A Walk in the Woods opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre on February 28, 1988, presented by Lucille Lortel in association with Yale Repertory Theatre and American Playhouse. The play was directed by Des McAnuff with set design by Bill Clarke, lighting design by Richard Riddell, costume design by Ellen V. McCartney, music by Michael S. Roth, sound design by G. Thomas Clark and the production stage manager was Maureen F. Gibson.

The World premiere of A Walk in the Woods was presented at Yale Repertory Theatre, Lloyd Richards, Artistic Director, Benjamin Mordechai, Managing Director, on February 20th, 1987. A Walk in the Woods received its West Coast premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, Des McAnuff, Artistic Director, Alan Levey, Managing Director, on July 14th, 1987.

Links:

https://www.nytimes.com/1988/02/29/theater/stage-a-walk-in-the-woods.html

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2011/oct/18/walk-in-the-woods-review

http://www.curtainup.com/walkinthewoods14.html

https://nypost.com/2014/09/30/gender-twist-adds-welcome-edge-to-revival-of-a-walk-in-the-woods/

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                              

The Barrow Group, Photo: Edward T. Morris                          The Barrow Group, Photo: Edward T. Morris

                                           

1987 La Jolla Playhouse, Photo: La Jolla Playhouse               1987, Yale Repertory Theatre

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