July 28, 2019
Set in the early 80’s towards the end of the Cold War, a newly assigned American diplomat tries desperately to negotiate a lasting nuclear arms treaty with her more experienced Soviet counterpart. As the talks stall and tensions mount the two decide to take a stroll in a mountain glen in Switzerland away from the negotiating table and the prying eyes of the press. Their private conversations seek to break the high-stakes stalemate between the super powers and find desirable yet elusive common ground. Lee Blessing’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Award-nominated work still resonates over thirty years later. He has written a magnificent meditation on how conversation has the power to change minds despite our political and ideological differences.