James Lecesne’s The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey is set to open at Third Avenue Playhouse next week, with Robert Boles directing and Alan Kopischke playing Chuck DeSantis: a brash New Jersey detective who’s eager for a case that gets him out from behind his desk.
On one extraordinary day, he finds it: the disappearance of teenager Leonard Pelkey. Digging deeper and deeper into Pelkey’s life, DeSantis follows clues that lead him to unexpected places and show him how one boy’s bravery can light the way toward truth. Kopischke, the sole actor in the show, brings to life the inhabitants of a colorful seaside town as they awaken to the beauty of being different.
Kopischke recently directed Julius Caesar for UW-Green Bay, where he teaches acting. He has also performed with Steppenwolf, the Milwaukee Rep, Peninsula Players, Theatre Z and regional theaters across the country.
Tickets are $30 per adult and $12 per student. A special pay-what-you-can preview will be held on May 15, with donations benefiting PFLAG. To get more information and purchase tickets, visit thirdavenueplayhouse.com or call 920.743.1760.