James Lecesne to Star in Eve Ensler's Extraordinary Measures
Tony Speciale will direct the production for Abingdon Theatre Company.
Abingdon Theatre Company will present James Lecesne in Eve Ensler's Extraordinary Measures for three performances only: December 1, 2, and 3 at DR2 Theatre. Featuring original music by William Harper and directed by Tony Speciale, proceeds from the event will be shared with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Each performance of Extraordinary Measures will be followed by a post-show discussion, each with a special guest speaker: playwright Eve Ensler (December 1), Koshin Pailey Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell from NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care (December 2), and Tristan Layton from Dream Foundation (December 3).
Extraordinary Measures debuted off-Broadway in 1995 starring Lecesne.
"Twenty-three years ago, at the height of the AIDS crisis in NYC I had the honor of performing in Eve Ensler's powerful play, Extraordinary Measures," said James Lecesne in a statment. "At the time many of us were facing the untimely deaths of loved who were dying way too soon. This experience showed me what theater is capable of — how it can create value even out of the most dire of circumstances and how it allows us as a community to come together and transform our pain into power. But the message of Extraordinary Measures is not for that time alone. AIDS, though not the scourge it was in 1994, is still with us, dying is something each of us must face, and the need for community has never been greater."