Direct from its SOLD OUT run at Dixon Place The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey Begins July 11 at the Westside Theatre Downstairs (407 West 43rd Street)

About This Show

A Strictly Limited 12 Week Engagement of
THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY
Begins July 11
Westside Theatre Downstairs (407 West 43rd Street)


 

“REMARKABLE! A DAZZLING BEACON OF THEATRICAL TALENT.”

Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

 

FROM THE WRITER OF THE ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING FILM “Trevor”
The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey is a new play written and performed by James Lecesne; directed by Tony Speciale (Drama Desk andGLAAD Media Award Nominee), with original music by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening).

One of the greatest storytellers of his generation, James Lecesne portrays every character in a small Jersey shore town as they unravel the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant 14 year old boy. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is missing, Leonard becomes the unexpected inspiration for a town as they question how they live, who they love and what they leave behind. “ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS LEAVES YOU BEAMING WITH JOY!” (NY Times).

“ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS IS AN ABSOLUTE DELIGHT.”

Roma Torre, NY

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About the Artist

James Lecesne is co-founder of The Trevor Project, the only national crisis intervention and suicide prevention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth; he wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award winning short film, Trevor, which inspired the founding of the organization. James has created several solo shows including One Man Band, Word of Mouth, (NY Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award) and Eve Ensler’s Extraordinary Measures. For television, he adapted Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of the City (Emmy nomination) and was a writer for Will & Grace). Full bio at Jameslecesne.com

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey was first presented at Provincetown’s Afterglow Festival in September 2014.

12 Week Limited Engagement

Begins July 11

Westside Theatre Downstairs
(407 West 43rd Street)

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Estimated Runtime
75 minutes

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Credits

Written and Performed by
James Lecesne

Directed by
Tony Speciale

Music by
Duncan Sheik

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