Lee Blessing’s plays include: A Walk in the Woods (Broadway and London’s West End—nominations for Tony and Olivier Awards and a Pulitzer finalist); Going to St. Ives (Outer Critic’s 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. In the 1992-93 Signature Theatre Season: Fortinbras, Lake Street Extension, Two Rooms, and the world premiere of Patient A.
The Guthrie Theater premiered both Thief River and A Body of Water (subsequently produced at Old Globe Theatre and Primary Stages). Oldtimers Game, Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music, Independence, Riches, Down the Road, and Great Falls premiered at the Humana New Play Festival of the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Lonesome Hollow, Flag Day, and Whores world premiered at Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Two Rooms and The Scottish Play at La Jolla Playhouse, Black Sheep at Florida Stage, The Winning Streak at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and George Street Playhouse, Heaven's My Destination at the Cleveland Play House, When We Go upon the Sea at InterAct Theatre, Courting Harry at History Theatre and For the Loyal at Illusion Theater.
Other plays include A View of the Mountains, Perilous Night, A User’s Guide to Hell Featuring Bernard Madoff, Uncle, The Hourglass Project, and the newly-completed Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Other awards: The Steinberg/American Theater Critics Circle Award (twice), the L.A. Drama Critics Award, The Great American Play Award, The Humanitas Award and the George and Elisabeth Marton Award among others. Blessing is married to playwright and TV writer-producer Melanie Marnich. They live in Los Angeles. Blessing is professor emeritus at Rutgers University, where for a dozen years he headed the Graduate Playwriting Program of Mason Gross School of the Arts.