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Nature: A Walking Play

Nature: A Walking Play
Photo Credit: Winslow Townson

The 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.

Nature is a lively, entertaining, yet deeply thought-provoking opportunity to experience a live performance in a beautiful, historic, outdoor setting. Participants follow the actors as the scenes unfold in the grassy meadows and native trees over a 90 minutes performance, which includes pre-event period bagpiping and choral music. Participants are encouraged to pack a light picnic, wear comfy clothes, and bring lawn chairs and blankets to help them fully enjoy the experience. The play is family-friendly. Tickets are $25 for Trustees Members and $15 for their children; $35 for nonmembers and $20 for their children. Following several performances, will be post-show discussions and special events for theater goers to stick around and gain further context and a deeper experience.

"The first in time and the first in importance of the influences upon the mind is that of nature."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Shows and Ticketing

Friday, September 13 at 4PM
Saturday, September 14 at 12PM
Saturday, September 14 at 4PM
Sunday, September 15 at 12PM
Sunday, September 15 at 4PM
Thursday, September 19 at 4PM
Friday, September 20 at 4PM
Saturday, September 21 at 9AM*
Saturday, September 21 at 1PM
Sunday, September 22 at 12PM
Sunday, September 22 at 4PM
Thursday, September 26 at 4PM
Friday, September 27 at 4PM
Saturday, September 28 at 9AM*
Saturday, September 28 at 1PM
Sunday, September 29 at 12PM
Sunday, September 29 at 4PM

*Please note: The listings of Nature at Night performances in Special Places have been changed to Nature at “Sunrise” performances, now at 9AM on those dates (Saturdays, Sep 21 & 28.) There are no 7:30PM performances.


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. 


The Old Manse
269 Monument Street
Concord, MA
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"Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still." —Henry David Thoreau

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. If a show cancelled, ticketholders will be rebooked as possible or refunded. All ticket holders not rebooked within 48 hours will be automatically refunded.
All Nature Attendees must take a complimentary shuttle. No parking will be allowed at the Old Manse. Complete shuttle details will be sent with the event tickets. 

All Photos Credit: Winslow Townson

Special Events

Post-Show Discussions

  • Saturday, September 14, following the 1PM matinee (Michael Frederick, Executive Director of The Thoreau Society)
  • Sunday, September 15, following the 1PM matinee (with Robert Gross of the University of Connecticut)
  • Saturday, September 21, following the 1PM matinee (with Whitney Retallic of the Walden Woods Project)
  • Sunday, September 22, following the 1PM matinee (with Jeff Cramer of the Walden Woods Project)
  • Sunday, September 29, following the 1PM matinee (with Margaret Carroll-Bergman of the Thoreau Farm Trust)

I Went for a Walk Today: family theater workshop (6+)

For more information about the production, please visit the TigerLion Arts website.

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