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News Acclaimed Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey Will Play Off-Broadway
James Lecesne's solo play The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, which recently played a critically acclaimed limited engagement at Dixon Place, will have a commercial run Off-Broadway.

James Lecesne
James Lecesne

Based on his best-selling novel "Absolute Brightness," the production will open in July, according to an Equity casting notice.

The show is written and performed by Lecesne and directed by Drama Desk nominee Tony Speciale. It features visuals by Matthew Sandager and music by Duncan Sheik

"In The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, Lecesne portrays various characters of a small Jersey shore town as "they struggle to understand the mysterious disappearance of a 14-year-old," according to previous press notes. "The secrets of the townspeople are slowly brought to light and everyone is forced to examine his or her own individual life, as well as the knit of the fractured community."

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.

An official announcement about the Off-Broadway staging has yet to be announced.

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