The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

May 17 June 4

A New Play Written & Performed by James Lecesne
Directed by Tony Speciale
Original Music by Duncan Sheik

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Scenic Design by Jo Winiarski
Costume Design by Paul Marlow
Lighting Design by Matthew Richards
Sound Design by Christian Frederickson
Projection Design by Aaron Rhyne

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One of the greatest storytellers of his generation, James Lecesne (writer of the Academy Award-winning film, Trevor), takes us to a small Jersey shore town to unravel the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and luminous 14-year-old boy. Leonard has gone missing and Lecesne brilliantly inhabits nearly a dozen personalities and voices of the people who shared Leonard’s life, including the detective assigned to the case. Together they form a portrait of a town, which has been unexpectedly inspired by Leonard, forcing them to question how they live, who they accept and what they leave behind.


Photography by Matthew Murphy

Check out one of the original songs for Absolute Brightness by Duncan Sheik here or below!



James Lecesne (Playwright/ Performer) wrote the
screenplay for the short film Trevor, which won an
Academy Award and inspired the founding of The Trevor
Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention
and crisis intervention lifeline for LGBT and questioning
youth. Broadway: The Best Man. Off-Broadway: Word
of Mouth, presented by Mike Nichols and Elaine May
(Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award); The Boys in
the Band; Motherhood Out Loud; One Man Band; and
Cloud 9. Television: Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales
of the City (Emmy nomination), Will & Grace and
the ITVS series Vicious, starring Ian McKellen and
Derek Jacobi. James has written three novels for young
adults, including Absolute Brightness, and he was
executive producer of the documentary film After the
Storm, which follows the lives of 12 young people living
in post-Katrina New Orleans. He would like to thank
Dixon Place, Naked Angels, The Afterglow Festival and
20 Summers for helping to bring Leonard Pelkey to life.

Listen to James Lecesne’s TEDxBroadway Talk here or below.

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