NOVEMBER 5, 2016


NOVEMBER 5, 2016

Extraordinary Measures

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by Eve Ensler
with James Lecesne

Written by Eve Ensler
Performed by James Lecesne
Directed by Tony Speciale

The production will be followed by “Talk Back” with Eve Ensler


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“It is impossible not to be stirred by the emotional urgency behind Extraordinary Measures.” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

The piece is based on the life of Paul Walker, a renowned acting teacher and director. Actually, it is based on the death of Paul Walker…, for it takes us through the last week of his life, a week when he lies comatose in a hospital, attached to a respirator, visited by friends and family members desperate to confide and confess, to bring him back to life or witness his final, unambiguous death.

Mr. Lecesne plays all of these people, and shows (or reminds us) of how we act and act out when someone is dying: how we compete to see who has the most intimate memories, or who can be the most efficient or the most tenderly empathic. And he plays Paul Walker too, dreaming of his parents or of how badly he does at an audition trying to deliver a monologue from “The Three Sisters,” or of his passionate brief encounters with working-class Irishmen.

This production is co-presented by the Garrison Institute and the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care to benefit the work of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

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Summer Reading and Listening

Lots of exciting things are in the works! Stay tuned for information on future performances of In The Body of the World.

“Intimate and Unexpected…Ensler is a poet, whose sense of the rhythm of language infuses her writing with a lyricism that makes it perfect for the stage…Ensler’s poetic realization of the importance of connection and community is powerful enough on its own, and her voice and investment in the body of the world are more than enough to bring the audience along on her journey.” – The Boston Globe

“Handsomely staged, sensitively directed, and by turns insightful, oblivious, empathetic, myopic, funny and deeply sad.” – WBUR

“Powerful…A viscerally moving theatrical memoir…MUST SEE” – Joyce Kulhawik

“Laugh-out-Loud” – Cape Cod Times

“Ensler is Ridiculously Captivating” – Jared Bowen

“A play for humanity” – The Bay State Banner


Eve has adapted her critically acclaimed memoir In the Body of the World for the stage and will have its world premiere at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts starring Ensler, directed by Tony award winner Diane Paulus. In the Body of the World, celebrates the strength and joy that connect a single body to the planet. After being diagnosed with stage III/IV uterine cancer while working in the Congo. This diagnosis erased the boundaries between Ensler’s work and her own body. In this raw, humorous, and bold performance, Ensler charts the connections between the personal and the public, inviting and challenging all of us to come back into our bodies, and thus the world.

Read and Listen to what the critics are saying about In the Body of the World

The Boston Globe


Joyce’s Choices

Cape Cod Times

Edge Media Network

Broadway World Boston