ABINGDON THEATRE COMPANY
a play by Tony Award winner Eve Ensler
starring James Lecesne
original music by William Harper
directed by Tony Speciale
Three Nights Only
Dec. 1, 2 & 3
The DR2 Theatre
101 East 15th Street
Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS
& Abingdon Theatre Company
It is impossible not to be stirred by the emotional urgency behind Extraordinary Measures.
— Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Inspired by the final days of Paul Walker, a theater director, performer and instructor who died of AIDS in 1993, Extraordinary Measures presents death as the ultimate class in life study. The hospital room in which Mr. Walker lies unconscious, kept alive by medical support systems (the “extraordinary measures” of the title), becomes a forum in which his brother, friends and former students individually address the man, struggling to find emotional truth before a mentor who can no longer confirm or question their feelings. All of these people, as well as Mr. Walker himself, are portrayed by the magnetically vital James Lecesne, who appeared in the off-Broadway debut of the play in 1995.
photo of James Lecesne by Matthew Murphy
All performances were followed by a post-show discussion, each with a special guest speaker: playwright Eve Ensler (Dec. 1), Koshin Pailey Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell from NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care (Dec. 2), and Tristan Layton from Dream Foundation (Dec. 3).