Murder he wrote: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, written and performed by James Lecesne, premiered at Dixon Place in New York City in winter 2015; it comes to the Adobe Rose Theatre (1213-B Parkway Drive, 505-780-5865) for four performances. The critically acclaimed one-man show, directed by Tony Speciale, with original music by Duncan Sheik, tells a surprisingly uplifting story about the murder of a fourteen-year-old boy in New Jersey. Lecesne plays an assortment of characters involved with the investigation, including a police detective, a teenage girl, and the proprietor of a performing arts school. Although the production is infused with humor, it is also a taut, dark, psychological thriller. Absolute
Brightness opens on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. The Friday, March 4, performance at 7:30 p.m. includes a reception and talkback with the playwright. The play contines at 7 p.m. Saturday March 5, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. Tickets are $25 and $75 for the Friday performance, available from Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (505-988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org). — J.L.