The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelky, my friend James Lecesne‘s critically acclaimed new play is in its final week now and will run through this Sunday, October 18 at the Westside Theatre. But he will be coming to LA in January and touring the country in the following months so you will be able to see him in your town, perhaps.
This “remarkable and moving” (New York Times) new play is directed by Tony Speciale, with original music by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik. The New York Times also called James
“One of the greatest storytellers of his generation.”
James 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 who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he disappears, Leonard becomes the unexpected inspiration for a town as they question how they live, who they love and what they leave behind.
James also created the character of Trevor that inspired the Oscar-winning short which in turn inspired the LGBTQ teen suicide hotline The Trevor Project. Last Monday was Anti-Bullying day and James created #BrighterThanBullies to empower kids. James is truly one of my heroes –and I’m not alone.
Tickets for Absolute Brightness are available here. It has a matinee today and a show tonight at 8PM, plus Friday and Saturday at 8PM. with matinees Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Rush tickets will be available for $25 for patrons 25 years old, or younger. Rush tickets will be available for each performance only at the Westside Theatre box office, for that day’s performance(s), subject to availability.