The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey Written & performed by James Lecesne
Directed by Tony Speciale
Music by Duncan Sheik From the Academy Award-winning writer of “Trevor”, THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY is the “remarkable and moving” (The New York Times) new play written and performed by James Lecesne; directed by Tony Speciale (Drama Desk and GLAAD Media Award Nominee); with original music by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik (SPRING AWAKENING).
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Direct from it’s sold out run, ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS returns for a 12 week limited engagement. Following the disappearance of Leonard Pelkey, a 14-year-old boy known for his unique spirit, a small Jersey shore town reflects upon his life and their interactions with him. This compelling story is a celebration of the amazing differences in our world and a reminder to be true to oneself. As a masterful

Direct from it’s sold out run, ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS returns for a 12 week limited engagement. Following the disappearance of Leonard Pelkey, a 14-year-old boy known for his unique spirit, a small Jersey shore town reflects upon his life and their interactions with him. This compelling story is a celebration of the amazing differences in our world and a reminder to be true to oneself. As a masterful

Operating as usual

Headed to the Cape!!Come on out and see the Absolute Brightness!
07/03/2016
Absolute Brightness

Headed to the Cape!!

Come on out and see the Absolute Brightness!

Written and Performed by James Lecesne July 15 and 16, 8:00PM ; July 17, 3:00PM

04/28/2016
Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey - 92nd Street Y - New York, NY

So happy to announce ONE NIGHT ONLY performance at The 92nd Street Y in NYC. June 17th! Get your tickets here!

http://www.92y.org/Event/Absolute-Brightness-of-Leonard-Pelkey.aspx

From the writer of the Academy Award-winning film Trevor comes The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, the new play written and performed by James Lecesne, directed by Tony Speciale (with original music by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening).

A little LA throwback...
03/04/2016

A little LA throwback...

Thank you James for a wonderful night at the theatre! It was a pleasure!

Ripple Catalyst Studio
02/16/2016
Ripple Catalyst Studio

Ripple Catalyst Studio

Tomorrow at NOON MT, tune in to Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse radio show on 101.5. We'll be talking to Dawn Tripp about her new historical fiction novel, Georgia - about Georgia O'Keefe and her passionate love affair with photographer, Alfred Stieglitz. And James Lecesne will be a guest too. His hit show The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey will be in Santa Fe 3-6 March. SO TUNE IN! http://santafe.com/thevoice

Thank you LA Times for making THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY!' Last weekend!
01/29/2016

Thank you LA Times for making THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY!' Last weekend!

Listen: http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/press-play-with-madeleine-brand/gop-fractures-isis-propaganda-and-downtow...
01/27/2016
'The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey' — Press Play with Madeleine Brand — KCRW

Listen:

http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/press-play-with-madeleine-brand/gop-fractures-isis-propaganda-and-downtown-high-rise-fight/the-absolute-brightness-of-leonard-pelkey#.VqkyB13sO8Q.mailto

Here’s the opening scene of a new play: A middle-aged New Jersey police detective is talking to the audience and he’s quoting Shakespeare. It’s a little weird. Then it gets weirder… the cop turns into a female hair salon owner, then she becomes a 16-year-old girl, who later becomes a British communi…

01/26/2016

"'The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey' is an affecting and entertaining testament to the beauty of a world in which difference is celebrated rather than denigrated."

FINAL WEEK! At The Kirk Douglas Theater!

Katy Perry, #VinessaShaw, #OrlandoBloom & #KrisGifford came by to see #AbsoluteBrightness in LA this week!
01/22/2016

Katy Perry, #VinessaShaw, #OrlandoBloom & #KrisGifford came by to see #AbsoluteBrightness in LA this week!

With the unforgettable Marilu Henner on the The Marilu Henner Show
01/21/2016

With the unforgettable Marilu Henner on the The Marilu Henner Show

01/21/2016

"Head to Culver City -- this show is what you've been waiting for."

"'The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey' is an affecting and entertaining testament to the beauty of a world in which difference is celebrated rather than denigrated."

Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

So many years ago when I was first starting out in NYC as a solo performer this woman, Vicki Stuart, championed my cause...
01/19/2016

So many years ago when I was first starting out in NYC as a solo performer this woman, Vicki Stuart, championed my cause and did her best to convince the world that I had something to give. She gave me the oh so necessary encouragement and sense of possibility I needed as a young artist. Okay so here's my question - Who can you encourage? Just letting one young person know that you believe in them can change the whole world. Go make it better.

It's happening! LA
12/20/2015

It's happening! LA

Tonight, Leonard Pelkey's neighbors shared the story of the 14 year-old boy who dared to be different one last time here...
10/19/2015

Tonight, Leonard Pelkey's neighbors shared the story of the 14 year-old boy who dared to be different one last time here in New York City. Thanks to all that joined us, and keep an eye out for those unmistakeable shoes in a city near you soon! First stop, LA! #ShowYourBrightness #AbsoluteBrightness

Today, James Lecesne shares Leonard Pelkey's story with NYC one final time. #ShowYourBrightness and join us today at 3:0...
10/18/2015

Today, James Lecesne shares Leonard Pelkey's story with NYC one final time. #ShowYourBrightness and join us today at 3:00PM for what promises to be a very special performance of #AbsoluteBrightness. Use this code for $45 tickets: http://bit.ly/1ZvsOz1

2 days, 3 shows left! Join us at 2PM or 8PM today! Use this special offer for $45 tix: http://bit.ly/1ZvsOz1 #AbsoluteBr...
10/17/2015

2 days, 3 shows left! Join us at 2PM or 8PM today! Use this special offer for $45 tix: http://bit.ly/1ZvsOz1 #AbsoluteBrightness #ShowYourBrightness

FOUR chances left to #ShowYourBrightness! Don't miss your chance to see James Lecesne in his The New York Times Critics'...
10/16/2015

FOUR chances left to #ShowYourBrightness! Don't miss your chance to see James Lecesne in his The New York Times Critics' Pick performance! Click here for $45 tix: http://bit.ly/1ZvsOz1

Tonight we join GLAAD's #spirtday to take a stand against bullying and support #LGBT youth. We have to be #BrighterThanB...
10/15/2015

Tonight we join GLAAD's #spirtday to take a stand against bullying and support #LGBT youth. We have to be #BrighterThanBullies every day!

We could all learn a thing or two from Leonard Pelkey. Only four chances left to #ShowYourBrightness this weekend. Don't...
10/15/2015

We could all learn a thing or two from Leonard Pelkey. Only four chances left to #ShowYourBrightness this weekend. Don't miss it. Use this discount for $45 tickets: http://bit.ly/1ZvsOz1

You only have SIX opportunities left to see #AbsoluteBrightness! TWO shows today at 2PM and 8PM. #ShowYourBrightness wit...
10/14/2015
Last Chance: What's Closing This Week

You only have SIX opportunities left to see #AbsoluteBrightness! TWO shows today at 2PM and 8PM. #ShowYourBrightness with discount tickets for only $45: http://bit.ly/1ZvsOz1

Here's Playbill.com's weekly "Last Chance" reminder to catch Broadway, Off-Broadway and world-premiere productions before they take a final bow.

Only 7 chances left to #ShowYourBrightness! Use this code for $45 tickets to our final shows: http://bit.ly/1ZvsOz1 #Abs...
10/13/2015

Only 7 chances left to #ShowYourBrightness! Use this code for $45 tickets to our final shows: http://bit.ly/1ZvsOz1 #AbsoluteBrightness

You only have ONE WEEK left to see the show The New York Times says "...leaves you beaming with joy!" Click here to see ...
10/11/2015

You only have ONE WEEK left to see the show The New York Times says "...leaves you beaming with joy!" Click here to see #AbsoluteBrightness NOW: http://bit.ly/1PkTtrA

Monday was Blue Shirt Day to #StompOutBullying, and we were so glad to be joined by members of the Broadway and Off-Broa...
10/11/2015

Monday was Blue Shirt Day to #StompOutBullying, and we were so glad to be joined by members of the Broadway and Off-Broadway community to be #BrighterThanBullies! You only have one week left to #ShowYourBrightness. We hope to see you at the show! AbsoluteBrightness.com

Playbill wants to make sure you don't miss #AbsoluteBrightness! We've got just over one week left! #ShowYourBrightness a...
10/09/2015
Playbill's What Not To Miss This Week!

Playbill wants to make sure you don't miss #AbsoluteBrightness! We've got just over one week left! #ShowYourBrightness and come experience the story of a boy who wasn't afraid to shine bright! www.AbsoluteBrightness.com

Don't miss out on this week's must-see shows and events, Oct. 8-18!

Yesterday, we welcomed the students from Bloomfield High school to #AbsoluteBrightness, who brought ALL their brightness...
10/08/2015

Yesterday, we welcomed the students from Bloomfield High school to #AbsoluteBrightness, who brought ALL their brightness with them. They shine #BrighterThanBullies, and we were so glad to have them with us!

The critics at The New York Times recommend #AbsoluteBrightness among their guide of things to do this week! Join us TON...
10/06/2015
Times Critics’ Guide: What to Do This Week

The critics at The New York Times recommend #AbsoluteBrightness among their guide of things to do this week! Join us TONIGHT! AbsoluteBrightness.com

Need to break out of a cultural rut? We can help.

TODAY is Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention, and #AbsoluteBrightness is leading the charge for the Broadway...
10/05/2015

TODAY is Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention, and #AbsoluteBrightness is leading the charge for the Broadway and Off-Broadway community to stand with Stomp Out Bullying to be #BrighterThanBullies! Want to join in? Click here, download the PDF, and post a selfie tagging #BrighterThanBullies: http://bit.ly/1M8gbQC

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