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Flagler Playhouse presents 'The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey'

This 'uplifting crime drama' opens June 11.
by: Guest Writer

by: Jerri Berry

President, Flagler Playhouse

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey" is a remarkable play written, narrated and performed by James Lecense, who played all the characters. Flagler Workshop Theater presents a full cast portraying what Lecense did alone.

Courtesy photo

Everything changes when Leonard Pelkey arrives in Neptune, New Jersey, to live with his cousin Phoebe and her mom, who owns the local hair salon.

Leonard is an orphan, a cousin Phoebe never knew she had. When he comes to live with Phoebe’s family, he upsets the delicate balance of their lives. He’s gay and confident about who he is. He inspires the people around him. He sees people not as they are, but as they hope to be.

One day, Leonard goes missing, and his rainbow sneaker is found. Fearing the worst, Phoebe, her family, and her community fight to understand what happened, and to make sense of why someone might want to extinguish the beautiful absolute brightness that was Leonard Pelkey. We never know how truly special someone is until they are gone.

Show times

  • June 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m.
  • June 13 and 20 at 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at Call 386-586-0773 for further information.

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