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.