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 Critics' 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.
Recent plays include THE FAMILY LINE (produced by Stage North at the Capri Theatre in Minneapolis in Spring, 2022), TEA WITH THE BOSS, and MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL.
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 plays have been produced widely in the world. In recent months he has received news of productions in Brazil, Peru and the Czech Republic.
Additional awards: The Steinberg/American Theatre 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. They live in Los Angeles.