A Walk in the Woods
By Lee Blessing
Directed by Nikki Packham
Set in pleasant woods on the outskirts of Geneva in the late 1980’s, two arms limitation negotiators , one Russian and one American, take a stroll. Away from the glare of the negotiating table, they develop a relationship even though their personalities are very different.
Botvinnick, the Russian negotiator says: “How best to be Russian then? Fight collectively. Know you are trying to crush those around you. Make control your god, and channel the many wills of the people into one will. Only this will be effective. Only this will defeat your neighbours.
“The most exciting thing in the world is to know we can destroy the world. In a day. To know the bombs and the soldiers are in place. Their hands at the controls. The computers constantly running, monitoring, ready. Alexander, Napoleon, Hitler would give up all their conquests just to live in a world where such destruction is possible.”
Honeyman, the American negotiator replies: “If we don’t believe in the ability to save ourselves, then everything dies. All through history man has been able to love destruction and be excited by violence – because no matter what stupid, gaping terror he created, it was always survivable. But no more. We have to find whatever crumbs of goodwill exist in us. We have to start with the bare fact that there are two of us here. That underneath whatever motivation brings us here – hate, fear, gain, there is something that will ultimately save us.”
Both a Tony Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Blessing has created an intriguing and thought provoking drama as relevant today to the conflict in Ukraine as it was in 1988.
|Andrey Botvinnik||Felix Catto|
|John Honeyman||Chris de Pury|
|Set Design & Construction||Jan Greenhough|
|Lighting Design||Tom Boulter|
|Sound Design||Tony Kempton|
|Lighting and Sound Operation||Tony Kempton/Colleen Batson|
|Stage Management||Colleen Batson|
|Rehearsal Prompt||Pauline Pead|