Monday, March 25, 2019

OPENING: Chicago Premiere of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey Via American Blues Theater at Stage 773 March 29 – April 27, 2019

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American Blues Theater Presents
the Chicago Premiere of  
The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
by James Lecesne 
directed by Kurt Johns
featuring Joe Foust

March 29 – April 27, 2019

I'll be out for the press opening April 4th, so check back soon for my full review.

American Blues Theater continues its 2018-2019 Season with the Chicago Premiere of The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, by James Lecesne and directed by Kurt Johns. The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey runs March 29 – April 27, 2019 at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave in Chicago.  

Ensemble member Joe Foust* portrays every character in a small Jersey Shore town as he unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind. 

The creative team includes Grant Sabin* (scenic), Jared Gooding* (lighting), Travis Bihn (costumes), Eric Backus* (sound), Kevin Rolfs (props), and Shandee Vaughan* (production manager / stage manager).

*Denotes Ensemble and Artistic Affiliates of American Blues Theater

Featuring: Ensemble Member Joe Foust* (solo performer)

Creative Team: Grant Sabin* (scenic), Jared Gooding* (lighting), Travis Bihn (costumes), Eric Backus* (sound), Kevin Rolfs (props), and Shandee Vaughan* (production manager / stage manager)

Dates: March 29 – April 27, 2019 
Previews: March 29 – April 3, 2019
Press Opening: Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Regular Run: April 5 – 27, 2019

Schedule: Thursdays:  7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Sundays: 2:30pm

Town Halls: free post-show discussions follow Sunday performances

Additional performances on April 3 & 15 at 7:30pm and April 24 at 2:30pm

No performances on March 30 or April 6 at 3:00pm or April 27 at 7:30pm 

Location: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago

Ticket prices: $19 - $39
Box Office: Buy online at or by calling 773.654.3103.

About American Blues Theater  
Winner of the American Theatre Wing’s prestigious National Theatre Company Award, American Blues Theater is a premier arts organization with an intimate environment that patrons, artists, and all Chicagoans call home.  American Blues Theater explores the American identity through the plays it produces and communities it serves.  
The diverse and multi-generational artists have established the second-oldest professional Equity Ensemble theater in Chicago.  The 36-member Ensemble has 600+ combined years of collaboration on stage. As of 2018, the theater and artists received 204 Joseph Jefferson Awards and nominations that celebrate excellence in Chicago theater and over 36 Black Theatre Alliance Awards. The artists are honored with Pulitzer Prize nominations, Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades.    
American Blues Theater programs and activities are made possible, in part by funding by The MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at Prince, the Shubert Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, SMART Growth Grant, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Anixter Foundation, Actors’ Equity Foundation, and the Chip Pringle Fund. ComEd is the Season Lighting Sponsor. 

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