Off-Broadway's Critically Acclaimed Absolute Brightness Announced for the Kirk Douglas Theater


January 14, 2016

The critically acclaimed off-Broadway hit The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, written by and starring James Lecesne, the writer of the Academy Award-winning film Trevor, will have a limited 23 performance engagement at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Wednesday, January 13 to Sunday, January 31, 2016.

This new play, just awarded the United Solo Special Award and is a New York Times Critic's Pick, is produced by Darren Bagert and Daryl Roth, directed by Tony Speciale, with original music by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik.

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey is a guest production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Tickets priced from $25 are available at or by calling (213) 972-4488.

"One of the greatest storytellers of his generation" (The New York Times),, veteran New York actor and writer James Lecesne 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 who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he disappears, Leonard becomes the unexpected inspiration for a town as they question how they live, who they love and what they leave behind.

The play is based on his young adult novel, Absolute Brightness, published by Harper Collins, which received The William Morris Award by the American Librarian Association and was nominated for The Lambda Literary Award.

Daryl Roth (Producer) holds the singular distinction of producing seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays:

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