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James Lecesne

James Lecesne
Visiting Writers Series

His one-man play, Word of Mouth: The Story of a Human Satellite Dish, was presented Off Broadway by Mike Nichols and Elaine May in 1995 and won the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Solo Performance. Word of Mouth premiered at The Home for Contemporary Theater in NY and played at La Mama ETC., The New Mexico Repertory Co., The Coast Playhouse in L.A. (The L.A. Theater Weekly Award), San Francisco's Bayfront Theater (Bay Area Theater Award) and at the International Boulevard Theater Festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The short feature film, Trevor, which was written by Mr. Lecesne and based on one of the stories from Word of Mouth, received an Academy Award in 1995 for Best Live Action Short Film, and also won first prize at the Hamptons' Film Festival and honorable Mention at Sundance Film Festival. Trevor went on to inspire The Trevor Helpline -- a national, twenty four-hour, suicide-prevention hotline for Gay and Lesbian Teens. The musical play, One Man Band, written by Mr. Lecesne with music and lyrics by Larry Hochamn and Marc Elliot, premiered Off-Broadway and was produced at The Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, The Grand Center in St. Louis, and The Downstairs Cabaret Theater in Rochester. Mr. Lecesne created The Road Home: Stories of Children of War, which was presented last year at The Asia Society in NYC, and at the International Peace Initiative at The Hague. He just completed adapting Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City for Showtime, which will air in the Spring of 2001. His feature film, Virgin Territory, is being produced by John Lyons. As an actor, Mr. Lecesne's theater credits include, Cloud 9, directed by Tommy Tune, Extraordinary Measures, written and directed by Eve Ensler at Here, the 30th Anniversary production of Boys in the Band, directed by Ken Elliot, and last summer he played Armold Beckoff in Provincetown's 25th Anniversary Production of Torchsong Triology. He teaches playwriting at NYU.