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Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Written by Eve Enseler Performed by James Lecesne Directed by Tony Speciale Extraordinary Measures debuted off-Broadway in 1995. In his review of the play, Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote "it is impossible not to be stirred by the emotional urgency behind Extraordinary Measures. Inspired by the final days of Paul Walker, a theater director, performer and instructor who died of AIDS in 1993, the work 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 (embodies) enough characters on New York stages to populate a small village."