The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
March 30 - April 23
Written and Performed by James Lecesne
Directed by Tony Speciale
Original Music by Duncan Sheik
Approximate Running Time: 80 minutes (no intermission)
Recommended for ages 14+
$25 | $42 | $58 | $74 | $90
All Regular Season Student Seats $20.
Includes all fees. Prices subject to change without notice. Please call for Student Matinee Rates.
‘Absolute Brightness’ is about the disappearance of Leonard Pelkey, a flamboyant 14-year-old who has been bullied by his peers. Critically-acclaimed actor and writer James Lecesne (I Am My Own Wife at Hartford Stage, the writer of the Academy Award-winning Trevor) portrays a tough New Jersey detective, a withdrawn teenage girl, a brusque yet gentle hairdresser and a dozen other intriguing characters as they join forces to solve a mystery that will forever change their lives. The New Yorker called it, "A whodunit with a heart of gold.”
Original Animation and Photography
Absolute Brightness Raffle!
Win this fun pair of rainbow platform sneakers AND a copy of James Lecesne’s Absolute Brightness – the novel that inspired the play! Stop by Guest Services to learn more and purchase a ticket. All proceeds benefit The Trevor Project and Education programs at Hartford Stage.
Post-Show Book Signings with James Lecesne
James Lecesne will personally sign copies of his young adult novel, Absolute Brightness, following the Sunday, April 2, 2:00 pm matinee; the Thursday, April 6, 7:30 pm evening performance; and on Sunday, April 9, following the2:00 pm matinee’s post-show discussion. The novel inspired The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.
April 11, 12 and 18
Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE
LGBT Night Out
April 5, 6:00 pm
Co-hosted by Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, with support from Travelers
FREE pre-show nosh and complimentary wine, soda and coffee (plus drink specials at a cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons and allies.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Gay & Lesbian Health Collective
For tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show, use Promo Code LGBT25 and save 25% off seats for this special performance.
Sunday Afternoon Discussion
Enjoy a lecture with playwright and actor James Lecesne following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE
Free Community Event
Finding Absolute Brightness: How Today’s Youth Can Battle Bullying and Depression
Tuesday, April 11
Moderated by Laura M. I. Saunders, Psy.D. ABPP, staff psychologist for Young Adult Services at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital
Performance: 7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: 9 p.m.
This panel discussion will highlight signs of depression, isolation, and bullying in adolescents and how family, friends and the community might spot risk factors before the teen makes negative, and sometimes irreversible, choices.
Open Captioned Performances
April 16, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE with admission.
The Trevor Project Fundraiser
April 22, following the 2:00 pm Matinee
Join actor/writer James Lecesne for a screening of his Academy Award-winning short film, Trevor. We will follow the film with a raffle, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. All proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project, founded by Mr. Lecesne. The event is free with admission to the performance.
Audio Described Performances
April 22, 2:00 pm
For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE with admission.
- Hartford Courant: Absolute Brightness Highlights Sexual Identity, Bullying
- CT Post
- The Westfield News
- Renee Dinino/iHeartRadio (Audio)