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Nature: A Walking Play

Nature at Old Manse

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 an extraordinary, immersive and family-friendly journey that co-mingles story, spirit, and nature, as a means to reconnect its audience with the natural world. This original work is collaboratively created with writer/actor Tyson Forbes, a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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

Friday, September 22 | 5:30PM | Buy Tickets >>
Saturday, September 23 | 1PM | Buy Tickets >>
Saturday, September 23 | 5PM | Buy Tickets >>
Sunday, September 24 | 1PM | Buy Tickets >>
Sunday, September 24 | 5PM | Buy Tickets >>
Thursday, September 28 | 5:30PM | Buy Tickets >>
Friday, September 29 | 5:30PM | Buy Tickets >>
Saturday, September 30 | 1PM | Buy Tickets >>
Saturday, September 30 | 5PM | Buy Tickets >>
Sunday, October 1 | 1PM | Buy Tickets >>
Sunday, October 1 | 5PM | Buy Tickets >>

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

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.

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 $20 for Trustees members and $10 for their children; $25 for nonmembers and $15 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. These are sponsored by local partners, including The Thoreau Society; Thoreau Farm Trust; The Walden Woods Project; the Concord Museum; and Minute Man National Historical Park.

Special Events

Post-Show Discussions

  • Saturday, September 23, following the 1PM matinee (with Jeff Cramer of the Walden Woods Project)
  • Sunday, September 24, following the 1PM matinee (with with Michael Frederick of The Thoreau Society)
  • Saturday, September 30, following the 1PM matinee (with Margaret Carroll-Bergman of the Thoreau Farm Trust)
  • Sunday, October 1, following the 1PM matinee (with with Robert Gross of the University of Connecticut)

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

  • Saturday, September 30, 10-11:30AM at North Bridge in Minute Man National Historical Park

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