The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey


Written and Performed by James Lecesne
Directed by Tony Speciale
Original Music by Duncan Sheik


Play - Drama


One Act - Approximately 70 minutes


Winner: 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award - Outstanding Solo Performance
Winner: 2016 Off Broadway Alliance Award - Best Solo Performance

Nominee: 2016 Lucille Lortel Award - Outstanding Solo Show
Nominee: 2016 Drama Desk Award - Best Solo Performance


One of the greatest storytellers of his generation, James Lecesne (the writer of the Academy Award-Winning film Trevor), 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.  A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is missing, Leonard becomes the unexpected inspiration for a town as they question how they live, who they love and what they leave behind.


National Tour Production

 Absolute Brightness

Casting Notes


Originally performed as a one-man show


1 Male


“Bravo! A tale that shimmers with needling suspense. James Lecesne’s multihued performance glows with such humanity (and robust humor) that you may find yourself choking back a tear or two. James Lecesne is dazzling beacon of theatrical talent."
– The New York Times

"ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS is the show you've been waiting for. It shines with humanity!"
- The Los Angeles Times

“ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS is a timeless lesson about how we live, and what we leave behind.”
– Daily News

– New York 1

“Lecesne's performance and POWERFUL story not to be missed, and shines a light on the consequence of fear and the effect one being can have on an entire community. It's truly a BEAUTIFUL piece of theatre.”
– Broadway World

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