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Contact: Theresa M. MacNaughton, 860-520-7114/203-213-4102    

Hartford Stage to Host Book Signings with James Lecesne during The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

Lecesne’s Young Adult Novel, Absolute Brightness, Inspiration for Critically-Acclaimed Show 

HARTFORD, CT — MARCH 16, 2017 — Hartford Stage will host several book signings with playwright, performer and activist James Lecesne for his young adult novel that inspired the hit play, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, which runs from Thursday, March 30, through Sunday, April 23. The novel will be on sale for $9.99 in the Hartford Stage gift shop.

Lecesne will personally sign copies of Absolute Brightness following the Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m. matinee; the Thursday, April 6, 7:30 pm evening performance; and on Sunday, April 9, following the 2 p.m. matinee’s post-show discussion.

Publisher Feiwel & Friends describes Absolute Brightness: “Leonard is an orphan, a cousin who 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. One day, Leonard goes missing. 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.”

Tickets for all shows start at $25, with student tickets at $20. For group discounts (10 or more), contact Group Sales at 860-520-7114. For all other tickets, please call the Hartford Stage box office at 860-527-5151 or visit

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The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
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Now in our 53rd year, Hartford Stage is under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts. One of the nation’s leading resident theatres, Hartford Stage is known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, including 73 world and American premieres, as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches close to 20,000 students annually.

Since Tresnjak’s appointment in 2011 the theatre has presented the world premieres of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical by Tresnjak; Rear Window with Kevin Bacon; the new musical Anastasia by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens; Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov; and Reverberation by Matthew Lopez.

Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation’s most prestigious awards, including the 1989 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Other national honors include Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, OBIE, and New York Critics Circle awards. Hartford Stage has produced nationally renowned titles, including the New York transfers of Enchanted April; The Orphans' Home Cycle; Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night); The Carpetbagger's Children; and Tea at Five.

The leading provider of theatre education programs in Connecticut, Hartford Stage’s offerings include student matinees, in-school theatre residencies, teen performance opportunities, theatre classes for students (ages 3-18) and adults, afterschool programs and professional development courses.    

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