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 Critcs' Circle Award for 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.
Newer plays include MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, TEA WITH THE BOSS (which prior to Covid had been scheduled for production at both the New Jersey Repertory Theatre and People's Light Theatre Company in Pennsylvania) as well as Blessing's most recent play, THE FAMILY LINE.
Other widely-produced plays include: A BODY OF WATER, FOR THE LOYAL, GREAT FALLS, INDEPENDENCE, THE WINNING STREAK, RICHES and NICE PEOPLE DANCING TO GOOD COUNTRY MUSIC. Blessing's favorite unpublished play is WHORES.
Additional 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 professor emeritus at Rutgers University, where for a dozen years he headed the Graduate Playwriting Program of the Mason Gross School for the Arts. He is married to playwright and TV writer-producer Melanie Marnich, and they live in Los Angeles.