WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Extraordinary Measures premiered off-Broadway in 1995, starring James Lecesne. The New York Times declared that "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."