“James Lecesne is a dazzling beacon of theatrical talent. He ranks among the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation."

Charles Isherwood, NYTimes


        Roma Torre, NY1

"There's nothing quite as gratifying as spending 90 minutes in the company of a gifted storyteller.”

"'The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey' is an affecting and entertaining testament to the beauty of a world in which difference is celebrated rather than denigrated."

"There's nothing quite as gratifying as spending 90 minutes in the company of a gifted storyteller."

          Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

“As an educator I strive to promote the value of empathy in all our programs and in all our students.  Mr. Lecesne's performance brought our school community together to examine empathy and sent us away not only with a richer meaning of the word but also with hope and dreams for a better future.  Cheers to Leonard Pelkey and all those like him that share their beautiful selves with the world unabashedly!”

Keith Ryan Principal of Professional Performing Arts School NYC

“ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS is a timeless lesson

about how we live, and what we leave behind.”

Daily News



Written and performed by James Lecesne
Directed by Tony Speciale

Original Music by Duncan Sheik

Approximate Running Time: 80 minutes (no intermission)

Chuck DeSantis is a brash New Jersey detective eager for a case that gets him out from behind his desk. On one extraordinary day, he finds it: the disappearance of teenager Leonard Pelkey. Digging deeper and deeper into Leonard’s life, Chuck follows clues that lead him to unexpected places and show him how one boy’s bravery can light the way toward truth. James Lecesne delivers a solo tour de force, effortlessly bringing to life the inhabitants of a colorful seaside town as they awaken to the beauty of being different. The New York Times called Lecesne one of “the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation” and said The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey “leaves you beaming with joy.”

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