By Lauren Epstein | July 15, 2016 | Culture
Actor, writer, and activist James Lecesne brings his critically acclaimed one-man play to the Bay Street Theater.
Actor and activist James Lecesne inhabits nine characters in his play The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, coming to Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater.
Writer of the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor, James Lecesne is bringing his young adult novel Absolute Brightness to life in a comical, poignant, thought-provoking one-man show at Bay Street Theater called The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. As Lecesne gears up for opening night, he gives Hamptons a behind-the-scenes peak into the production.
Who is Leonard Pelkey?
James Lecesne: He’s a 14-year-old kid who lives in a small New Jersey town. He’s very original, and flamboyant. He gives permission for people in his town to be more fully themselves, but they don’t realize that until after he’s disappeared.
Why did you decide to create a one-man show?
JL: Each of us contains a multitude of people within us. And I knew I’d be cast!
What can the audience expect?
JL: To laugh—because it’s actually very funny—and to have a good time. I give the audience the opportunity to use their imaginations.
What do you hope viewers take away from the show?
JL: I hope that it inspires them to be themselves—more authentically themselves and more spontaneously themselves.
The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey will be performed July 18–24, with a special performance on July 23 to benefit the LGBTQ organization Live Out Loud, at Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor, 725-9500
Photography by Matthew Murphy