The Story Workshop at The Abingdon Theater Co.

with James Lecesne

3 DAYS  

Friday, March 3rd,  7-9PM

Saturday, March 4th, 10AM-4PM

Sunday, March 5th, 10AM-4PM


Ranked by the New York Times “among the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation." 


Are you ready to develop your next play, novel, solo show, TV pilot or children's book? This three-day intensive workshop will give you the tools you need. You will find a voice to speak your emotional, political and personal truth and create a structure that will carry your story further into the world with power and clarity.The work we do over the course of one evening and two days is primarily about how to structure your story. We will review the basic elements of story, and then discuss how they apply to your story.  As you present your story to the group, we will puzzle out the underlying conflict, illuminate the characters, uncover your deeply held beliefs and create a vivid map of your story.  By the end of the three days, you will be familiar with the landscape of your story and have a clear idea of where to dig for treasure and a plan to continue.

Reserve today. Class size is limited.



JAMES LECESNE has been telling stories for over 25 years. His most recent solo play, THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY, opened Off-Broadway at The Westside Theater and received rave reviews. James wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award-winning short film "Trevor," which went on to inspire the founding of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention helpline for LGBT & questioning youth. His solo show, WORD OF MOUTH, was presented Off-Broadway by Mike Nichols and Elaine May and directed by Eve Ensler; he was awarded the NY Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for best solo performance, as well as the LA Theater Weekly Award. He also wrote the book for his solo musical, ONE MAN BAND, with music and lyrics by Larry Hochman and Marc Eliot.

As a writer, James adapted Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of the City as a mini-series for Showtime (Emmy nomination) and wrote one of the final episodes of the TV series "Will & Grace." He created the stage play, THE ROAD HOME: STORIES OF THE CHILDREN OF WAR, a play based on interviews with survivors of wars in Tibet, Bosnia and Cambodia, and presented at the International Peace Conference at The Hague. His play, THE MOTHER OF INVENTION, starring Linda Lavin and directed by Michael Wilson, premiered at New York Stage & Film.  James has taught at The NYU School of Continuing Education, The New School, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and The New York Film Academy. 

His young adult novel, Absolute Brightness, was published by Harper Collins and was awarded The William Morris Award by the American Librarian Association and was nominated for a The Lambda Literary Award. His novella Trevor was published by Seven Stores Press in 2012.

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photo credit: Matthew Murphy