“The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” Joins Bay Street’s Mainstage Season

James Lecesne in “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.”
James Lecesne in “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.”

Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater has announced “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” will be a Special Mainstage Bonus Production this summer. The one-man play will run one week only from July 18 through July 24.

James Lecesne in “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.”
James Lecesne in “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.”

“The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” is written and performed by James Lecesne, music by Duncan Sheik, directed by Tony Speciale, and is produced by special arrangement with Darren Bagert and Daryl Roth. One of the greatest storytellers of his generation, James Lecesne (the writer of the Academy Award-winning film “Trevor”), 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. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is missing, Leonard becomes the unexpected inspiration for a town as they question how they live, who they love and what they leave behind.

“The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” comes to Bay Street Theater following hit runs in New York and Los Angeles.


“I am thrilled that Bay Street will bring James Lecesne to the East End this summer,” says Bay Street Artistic Director Scott Schwartz, “When I saw this remarkable production in its off-Broadway run, I knew immediately it would be a perfect complement to our Mainstage Season. The play is a riveting detective story, both funny and moving. It is a deeply theatrical experience anchored by James’ brilliant, not-to-be-missed performance. It has been a dream of mine since becoming Artistic Director at Bay Street to offer a fourth theatrical production for our audience in the summer. I’m so happy we have the opportunity to do so with the addition of Absolute Brightness to our 25th Anniversary Season.”

There will a special benefit on Saturday, July 23 and partial proceeds will benefit Live Out Loud! Live Out Loud inspires, nurtures and empowers LGBTQ youth to build a successful future by connecting them to positive role models and affirmative experiences in the LGBTQ community.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.baystreet.org or call the Box Office at (631) 725-9500. Tickets are $25.