On Saturday, May 19, 2018, actor Alan Cumming interviewed fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi in the Hawthorne Barn in Provincetown, Mass. as part of Twenty Summers' annual month-long arts festival. In each video below they discuss four different topics: Cabaret and Performing, Trump and Celebrities Spiraling, Art vs Commercial Work, and What's Next for each of them.
Edith Windsor is one of the two plaintiffs whose joint victory before the Supreme Court led to last year’s landmark decision in favor of marriage equality. In 2009, after the death of her spouse and longtime partner, Thea Speyer, Windsor learned that because her marriage was not recognized by the federal government, she was required to pay more than $300,000 in estate taxes. Windsor fought back, in United States v. Windsor, all the way to the Supreme Court, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and winning a national following as a beloved and charismatic leader for human rights. Together with Speyer, Windsor is the focus of the documentary film Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement. Her many honors and awards include the Women’s Rights Award from the American Federation of Teachers and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Out magazine.
Onstage with Windsor, we welcome back actor, writer, and activist James Lecesne, whose hit Off Broadway one-man show The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey we are proud to have premiered in the Barn during Twenty Summers’ inaugural season. Lecesne is a cofounder of the Trevor Project, which was inspired by the Oscar-winning film for which he wrote the screenplay. He has appeared on Broadway, published YA novels, and is a frequent speaker at events focused on issues facing LGBT youth.
May 17, 2014
Academy Award–winning writer-performer-filmmaker James Lecesne performed his one-man show, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, the story of about what happens when a community fails to protect one who dares to express his difference, and how that failure can allow the bully to win. In reviewing the novel, Publishers Weeklywrote: “Lecesne turns out a stunner of a first novel, using a deliberately leisurely pace to develop a view of a small town NJ community – and then shattering it.”
James Lecesne (Producer/Playwright/Author/Activist) has been telling stories for over twenty-five years and using story as the basis for social change. He is co-founder of The Trevor Project, the only national crisis intervention and suicide prevention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth, and he wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award winning short film, Trevor, which inspired founding of the organization. James created several one-person shows including One Man Band, Word of Mouth, (NY Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award) and The Road Home: Stories of Children of War, which was presented at the Asia Society in NYC and at also the International Peace Initiative at the Hague. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he founded The After The Storm Foundation, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to offering assistance to the youth of New Orleans, and he is the executive producer of the documentary film, After the Storm. For Television he adapted Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of the City (Emmy nomination) and was a writer on the TV show Will & Grace. He is the author of three novels for young adults including The Letter Q, an anthology of letters that Queer writers wrote to their younger selves. He currently teaches Story & Structure to documentary filmmakers at the New York Film Academy.