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Venue:Old Manse House
Dates:Only on 9/13, 9/14, 9/15, 9/20, 9/21, 9/22, 9/26, 9/27, 9/28, 9/29 between 9/13/19 - 9/29/19
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$ see below
nature a walking play photoThe Trustees and TigerLion Arts present Nature, the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual love affair with the natural world.

The Old Manse in Concord—where Ralph Waldo Emerson lived while writing his famous essay “Nature” and where he, Henry David Thoreau, and other leading Transcendentalists discussed and debated the issues of the day—provides the most fitting location for a stop on this nationwide touring production.

Grounded in the story of their friendship, this virtuosic production offers a perspective on their lives that is strikingly relevant, richly complex, and yet utterly simple. Nature is performed outdoors as a “walking play.”

A professional ensemble of actors takes the audience on a journey through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the experience.

The family-friendly play, which debuted for the first time on the East Coast at the Old Manse in the fall of 2017, is an original work collaboratively created and performed by Tyson Forbes, a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson whose grandfather, Patriot Minister William Emerson built the Manse in 1770.

Tyson created the play in collaboration with his wife, Markell Kiefer, who also serves as the director and it has not only won a regional Emmy for its PBS Documentary.

The play explores humankind's relationship to nature through the eyes of two of America’s greatest environmental voices and friends, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, who both lived and wrote some of their most famous works at The Old Manse, which served as a gathering place during America’s political, literary, and social revolutions.

Nature will run for three weeks this month and include two special morning performances that are exclusive to Concord and not part of any other stops on the national tour.

Add a picnic to your ticket purchase and enjoy a gourmet picnic meal from local favorite Concord Market. Then, take an early shuttle, pickup your meal, and enjoy a picnic on the grounds of the Old Manse before your show. Click here to view a menu. After adding either snack boxes or meals to your purchase, you will be contacted for your choices. Picnic orders close four days prior to your ticketed performance.

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$25 Member Adults; $15 Member Child; $35 Non-member Adult; $20 Non-member Child; $20 Picnic Dinner (serves 1); $$30 Picnic snack plate (serves 2)




269 Monument Street, Concord, MA, 01742 map
Phone: (978) 369-3909

The Old Manse
269 Monument Street
Concord, MA

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  • Important Information

  • This is an outdoor play, which involves walking to follow the action as it moves around the property. Performances are rain or shine, except in dangerous weather conditions. A cancellation decision will be made two hours prior to showtime and will be emailed to ticket holders, as well as shared on this page, and the Old Manse Facebook page.

5-starLoved this play
I seriously loved everything about this play. From the impressive acting and the perfect location to the uniqueness of the 'walking play' element, it was like nothing I had ever experienced before. Every actor was top notch, from the leads to the ensemble. Made me appreciate the history of the characters, nature, and life on a whole new level. Celebrate this performance and see it before it leaves!


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