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+

Ticket Prices

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All Regular Season Student Seats $20.

Includes all fees. Prices subject to change without notice. Please call for Student Matinee Rates.

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Own Wife at Hartford Stage, the writer of the Academy Award-winning Trevor) portrays a tough New Jersey detective, a withdrawn teenage girl, a brusque yet gentle hairdresser and a dozen other intriguing characters as they join forces to solve a mystery that will forever change their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

Artistic

Playwright
James Lecesne

Director
Tony Speciale

Set Design
Jo Winiarski

Costume Design
Paul Marlow

Lighting Design
Matthew Richards

Sound Design
Christian Frederickson

Projection Design
Aaron Rhyne

Original Music
Duncan Sheik

Original Animation and Photography
Matthew Sandager

Stage Manager
Hannah Woodward


Cast

All roles
James Lecesne

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.


AfterWords Discussion

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

April 9

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 ProjectThe 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.

Buy Tickets to the April 22, 2:00 pm Performance


Audio Described Performances

April 22, 2:00 pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE with admission.

Photos

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All photos by Matthew Murphy.

Videos

Sneak Peek: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

"A Whodunnit With a Heart of Gold!"

Sponsors

Production Sponsor
robinson & cole

Restaurant Partner
V's Trattoria