James Lecesne to Spread Absolute Brightness to the West Coast; Plans Tour

News   James Lecesne to Spread Absolute Brightness to the West Coast; Plans Tour James Lecesne's solo play The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, which wraps up its 12-week commercial run Off-Broadway Oct. 18, is headed for a West Coast engagement in January as part of a planned national tour.

Based on his best-selling novel "Absolute Brightness," the production plays the Westside Theatre in New York, and will soon be en route to a three-week engagement at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA, Jan. 13-31, 2016.

Additional national tour cities and dates are yet to be announced.

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The show is written and performed by Lecesne and directed by Drama Desk nominee Tony Speciale. It features music by Tony winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening).

The production also has scenic design by Jo Winiarski, lighting design by Matt Richards, sound design by Christian Frederickson, projection design by Aaron Rhyne and costumes by Paul Marlow with original animation and photography by Matthew Sandager.

In The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, Lecesne portrays the various characters of a small Jersey shore town as they struggle to comprehend the mysterious disappearance of a teenager. Through these differing viewpoints, the secrets of the mystery, as well as those of the community, are slowly unveiled.

Lecesne is a writer and performer whose short film "Trevor" won an Academy Award. Also the recipient of a Drama Desk Award and nominated for an Emmy, he has created several acclaimed solo shows and collaborated with artists such as Mike Nichols, Elaine May and Linda Lavin.

Like the New York production, the tour of Absolute Brightness is produced by Darren Bagert, Daryl Roth, Jane Dubin, Curtis Forsythe, Michael Mayer, Diane Procter, Seaview Productions and Minerva Productions/Joshua Goodman.

Off-Broadway tickets are $85 and available at Telecharge or by calling (212) 239-6200, or at AbsoluteBrightnessPlay.com.

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