James Lecesne has been telling stories for over 25 years. His short film, Trevor, won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 1995 and went on to inspire the founding of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention helpline for LGBT and, Questioning youth. He is also the founder of The After The Storm Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to offering support to community centers in New Orleans that are working with youth and the arts.
On Sunday, April 12th he will bring his one-man show The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey to the stage of Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY as part of their Helsinki on Broadway series presented in association with Showstoppers New York.
In the play, Lecesne, portrays various characters of a small Jersey shore town as they struggle to understand what happened to 14-year-old Leonard Pelkey. The show begins with the the discovery of Leonard’s disappearance, follows a criminal investigation, and concludes with a trial that reveals the shocking truth.