The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey



In this AWARD WINNING SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL PREMIERE, tenacious 14 year-old Leonard Pelkey disappears. A small town New Jersey detective slowly unravels the mystery, portraying over a dozen eccentric characters along the way. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind.

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne runs from July 5, 2017 - August 6, 2017 in the Keating Theatre. Tickets are available online by clicking the button above or by calling the FST Box Office at 941-366-9000.

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey running time is 65 minutes with no intermission.

Dining is available in The Green Room at the following times:
2:00pm performances: reservations begin at 12:15pm
3:00pm performances: dining is available post-show
7:00pm performances: reservations begin at 5:15pm
8:00pm performances: reservations begin at 6:15pm
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Director  |  Kate Alexander
Stage Manager  |  Roy Johns*
Scenic Designer  |  Stephen Dunham
Costume Designer  |  Adrienne Webber
Lighting Designer  |  Mike Wood
Sound Designer  |  Thom Korp


Jeffrey Plunkett* (Detective Chuck DeSantis) FST: The Exonerated, Freud's Last Session, The Columnist, Race, Sylvia, Opus, Permanent Collection (Best Actor Nominnee--Sarasota Magazine), Pure Confidence, The Gambol of Love, The God of Isaac. NEW YORK: Cherry Lane Theatre (with Mia Dillon and Joyce Van Patten), Manhattan Theatre Source (NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominee), Algonquin Theatre, Broad Horizons. Jeffrey played Greg in over 350 performances of The Sum of Us. REGIONAL: Syracuse Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Capitol Rep, Pennsylvania Stage Company, Three Rivers' Shakespeare Festival, Chicago's Body Politic, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, GeVA, Fairfield Theatre Company, South Jersey Regional Theatre, and The Metro Lyric Opera. TV: All My Children, Deadline. FILM: Millennium Crisis, FireFly, Solar Vengeance, Alien Uprising and Clonehunters.

KATE ALEXANDER (Director) is the Associate Director of FST and the Founder of the FST Theatre School. Ms. Alexander has directed numerous productions and premieres on the FST stages including brownsville song (b-side for tray); Clever Little Lies; Alabama Story; Outside Mullingar; Over The River And Through The Woods; Chapatti; Dancing Lessons; Becoming Dr. Ruth; Freud’s Last Session; Thurgood; South Beach Babylon; The Columnist; Talley’s Folly; Jericho; Next Fall; The Savannah Disputation; Ghost- Writer; Two Jews Walk into a War...; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Sylvia; Shotgun; The Miamians; Brooklyn Boy; The Exonerated; Wit; Proof; Lobby Hero; and Ten Unknowns. Ms. Alexander has also been a resident actress for over 25 years. Some of her leading roles were: Edward Albee’s The Goat; Filumena; Master Class; Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, The Occupant , The Play About the Baby; Golda’s Balcony; and Taking Shakespeare. Ms. Alexander is the recipient of numerous acting, directing, and public service awards, including FAER, She Knows Where She’s Going Award (Girls, Inc.), The Woman of Light Award, National Council of Jewish Women, The Woman of Power Award, the Sarasota County Arts Leadership Award, Education Award, Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation, and most recently the Unity Award. Ms. Alexander leads the FST Forums Series and developed the Blue Butterfly Theatre Program, a program for teens suffering from grief through loss. She created the Art of The Gesture program at Ringling College of Animation and is the co-author of The Animated Short, with Karen Sullivan, now in its 3rd edition.

ROY JOHNS (Stage Manager) is pleased to be back for another season at FST. He has had an exciting and varied career both on stage and behind the scenes from Tokyo Disneyland to the White House. Past credits at FST include Burt & Me; Rich Girl; brownsville song (b-side for tray); Million Dollar Quartet; The God of Isaac; The Roommate; The Fabulous Lipitones; Alabama Story; Outside Mullingar; One Man, Two Guvnors; The Hound of the Baskervilles; Chapatti; Hairspray; and Taking Shakespeare.

STEPHEN DUNHAM (Scenic Designer) is the Assisant Techinical Director and Shop Foreman at FST. For six years he has been working professionally and as a freelance Technical Director, Shop Foreman, On-Set Dresser (Film), & Scenic Designer. Some of his favorite design credits include: 1776, Once on This Island, Into The Woods, Tartuffe, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Rumors, Twelfth Night, and Seussical The Musical.

ADRIENNE WEBBER (Costume Designer) is the current Florida Studio Theatre Costume Shop Manager. She has designed and coordinated costumes for The Barter Theatre, The Barter Players, Chautauqua Opera, FSU MFA film and video program, FSU MFA acting program, Asolo Children’s tour program, Sarasota Players and Anna Maria.

Mike Wood is a theatrical lighting designer whose work has been seen throughout the country. He is currently the director of technical theatre at Collegiate School in New York City, the nation's oldest independent school. Mike also served on faculty at Howard W. Blake School of the Arts and Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. Awards: 2013, 2014, 2015 Theatre Tampa Bay Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design, 2014, 2015, 2016 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards, 2015 Creative Loafing “Best of the Bay” best lighting designer. Mike is excited to return to FST for a 4th time. Proud member, United Scenic Artists USA-829. @mikewoodld /

Thomas Korp (Sound Designer) is a former FST intern. After his departure in 2013, he traveled abroad from 2014 - 2017 under Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as an onboard sound technician. Design credits include Talley’s Folly; The Columnist; The West Side Waltz; Freud’s Last Session; A Chorus Line; Grounded; Rich Girl; Burt & Me; Mixing Credits: Next to Normal; Das Barbecu; Smokey Joe’s Café; The World Goes Round; Tango: Buenos Aires; and We Will Rock You.

* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.




The Keating Theatre is located on the corner of Cocoanut and Palm Avenues. For GPS purposes use the address of 1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. To see a list of our buildings and shows, please see below. For more information please call the FST Box Office at (941) 366-9000.

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