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My Own Wife at Hartford Stage, the writer of the Academy Award-winning Trevor) portrays a tough New Jersey detective, a withdrawn teenage girl, a brusque yet gentle hairdresser and a dozen other intriguing characters as they join forces to solve a mystery that will forever change their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
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
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.