Written by Celeste Lecesne

Directed by Nathan Cummings

When fun-loving, flamboyant  14-year-old Leonard Pelkey goes missing from a small New Jersey shore town, the secrets of the townspeople are brought to light, and everyone is forced to examine the effect of one boy’s life on a fractured community.

Adapted from Celeste Lecesne’s novel by the same name, this 80-minute monodrama filled with nine different colorful characters, begins with the news of Leonard’s disappearance and follows the criminal investigation to its startling conclusion.

A luminous force-of-nature whose magic is only felt once he’s gone, Leonard Pelkey becomes the unexpected inspiration for a town as they question how we live, who we love and what we leave behind. While we never meet Leonard, his presence is felt throughout the show by a pair of rainbow-heeled Converse high tops fashioned from flip-flops and sitting on a nearby table.

Mike Pavone, Actor

The play is skillfully directed by Nathan Cummings, who is the Education & Associate Artistic Director of Cinnabar Theater.

The actor, Mike Pavone, a distinguished and versatile actor, embodies the nine characters he plays on stage. He skillfully captures their physical presence, posture and manners of expression as the play stirs quite a range of emotions.

Playwright Celeste Lecesne has a gift for ferreting out hope from anguish. In his 1994 short film “Trevor,” a flamboyant 13-year-old Diana Ross superfan survives a suicide attempt. After that work won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, Lecesne co-founded the Trevor Project, a 24-hour crisis hotline for LGBTQ youth (call 866-488-7386 or text “Trevor” to 202-304-1200).

Quotes

“A Whodunit with a Heart Of Gold!” —The New Yorker
“BRAVO! LEAVES YOU BEAMING WITH JOY.” —The New York Times
“Life-Changing Entertainment!” —Forbes
“A Crowd Pleaser Loaded With Laughs!” —The Huffington Post

 

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