Gay History Play Festival: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey and Straight~~~Uptown Players
Gay History Play Festival: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey and Straight
By James Lecesne | By Drew Fornarola and Scott Elmegreen
Closing this week on Sun, Oct 21
Next performances are on Sun, Oct 21 at 2pm and 4pm
Uptown Players
Bryant Hall
at the Kalita Humphreys Theater
3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75219


Following its production of Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika, Uptown Players presents two works in rotating repertory for Gay History Month.


The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey 

by James Lecesne

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey is a rewarding, affirmational tale about the difference one young boy makes in the lives of a small New Jersey town. Chuck DeSantis is a brash New Jersey detective 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 Leonard’s life, Chuck follows clues that lead him to unexpected places and show him how one boy’s bravery can light the way toward truth. Solo actor Terry Martin portrays about a dozen roles; male and female, old and young. Merely by spinning around or placing his masculine frame in just the right way or having his arms and fingers just so, with a high-pitched soprano voice, he becomes more than the ballsy, rather impatient Jersey detective. The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkeyis an affecting and entertaining testament to the beauty of a world in which difference is celebrated rather than denigrated.

Bryant Hall Stage

October 12 at 8:00 p.m.

October 13 at 9:00 p.m.  

October 14 at 2:00 p.m.  

October 19 at 8:00 p.m. 

October 20 at 7:00 p.m.

October 21 at 4:00 p.m.



by Drew Fornarola and Scott Elmegreen

Straight is a provocative new play that deals with fidelity, sexuality and identity in "post- equality" America. Funny, sad, sexy and surprising, Straight follows Ben, a 26-year-old investment banker in Boston who struggles to understand what he wants, and what he thinks he should want. Ben feels comfortable in his long-term relationship with Emily — or so it seems. Enter Chris, a college student who’s also coming to terms with his sexuality. What begins as a one-night stand evolves into something more — a significant and sincere connection between two men trying to figure out who they are and who they want to be. Straighttakes a hard look at the moral complex of a generation that prides itself on the pretense of acceptance.

Bryant Hall Stage

October 13 at 7:00 p.m.

October 14 at 4:00 p.m.

October 18 at 8:00 p.m.

October 20 at 9:00 p.m.

October 21 at 2:00 p.m.

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Gay History Play Festival: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey and Straight
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