Reston Community Players restarts with Cold War drama ‘A Walk in the Woods’

First production since COVID shutdown asks whether we can find common ground with those with whom we disagree.

After being dark since last March due to COVID-19, Reston Community Players comes back to life with A Walk in the Woods, a Cold War–era drama by Lee Blessing that examines the relationship between a Russian and an American arms negotiator as they converse informally in a series of meetings in a park on the outskirts of Geneva. The production will be presented virtually through on-demand streaming March 19 through 25, 2021.

“Although A Walk in the Woods is set 40 years in the past, it is far from a period drama piece,” said Jolene Vettese, president of Reston Community Players. “It is very relevant to the times we are living in today as we are all struggling through stressful times and wondering if it is possible to find common ground with those with whom we disagree.”

reg Lang as John Honeyman and Brendan Murray as Andrey Botvinnik in ‘A Walk in the Woods.’ Photo courtesy of Reston Community Players.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, A Walk in the Woods is being prerecorded at the CenterStage at Reston Community Center. and will be presented virtually through on demand streaming. Tickets for on-demand streaming may be purchased for any of the production dates and must be viewed during those dates at the ticket buyers’ convenience.

A Walk in the Woods follows two nuclear arms negotiators, Andrey Botvinnik, a Russian who has been dutifully serving at his post for a number of years, and John Honeyman, an American new to his post and to the negotiation process with the Russians. Through several months as their negotiations drag on, the two men break free from the bargaining table to meet informally in a pleasant woods on the outskirts of Geneva. As the seasons change, the pair continue their informal meetings, through which they develop a deepening understanding of each other as well as express the profound frustrations they increasingly feel.

The two-person cast consists of Brendan Murray as Andrey Botvinnik and Greg Lang as John Honeyman. A Walk in the Woods is directed by Adam Konowe.

The production team includes Richard Durkin (Producer), Mary Ann Hall (Stage Manager), Karen Schlumpf (Assistant Director), Maggie Modig (Set Designer, Set Painter), Tom Geuting (Master Carpenter), Sandy Dotson (Set Dressing), Ian Claar (Lighting Designer), Kathy Dunlap (Costume Designer), William Chrapcynski (Sound Designer), and Tel Monks (Dialect Coach).

A Walk in the Woods will be available for on-demand streaming March 19 to 25, 2021. The production is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., and on-demand streaming is presented through For tickets, go online to

Reston Community Players (RCP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been producing quality theatrical productions since 1966. RCP has brought to the public a variety of theatrical experiences over the years and is committed to theatrical excellence and professionalism through the promotion of diverse, creative experiences for the education and cultural enrichment of the community. Partially funded by grants from ArtsFairfax, RCP welcomes all and offers something for everyone. Visit RCP online at


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