The Last Session's backstory makes it more than a relic of the AIDS crisis

Playwright Steve Schalchlin’s survival turns the musical into something hopeful and defiant.

Fearing the final stages of dying from AIDS, a recording artist (Erik Pearson) gathers his closest musical colleagues to record an album inspired by his experience living with a terminal illness. Unbeknownst to everyone except his audio engineer (Benjamin Baylon), he intends for the performance to serve as his own artistic epitaph, a final love note to his friends and romantic partner, recorded the night before he plans to take his own life.…

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