Velocity of Autumn, Starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, Will Feature Post-Show Talkbacks Following Every Preview

By Carey Purcell
20 Mar 2014

Stephen Spinella and Estelle Parsons
Stephen Spinella and Estelle Parsons
Photo by Teresa Wood

The Velocity of Autumn, Eric Coble's new family drama starring starring Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella, will feature post-show talkbacks for each of its preview performances April 1-20.

The talkbacks, named "Inside Velocity," will feature different members of the cast and creative team, covering areas such as the writing, designing, directing, performing, producing, casting, advertising and marketing of a new Broadway play.

The revolving list of talkback speakers includes actors Parsons and Spinella, playwright Coble, director Molly Smith, producers Larry Kaye and Van Dean, members of The Velocity of Autumn design team, technical crew, advertising and marketing teams and special guest speakers who will be announced at a later date.

Following its run at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., The Velocity of Autumn will play a limited engagement at Broadway's Booth Theatre, with preview performances beginning April 1 prior to an official opening April 21.



"The Velocity of Autumn swirls around Alexandra, a 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she'll spend her remaining years," press notes state. "In Alexandra's corner are her wit, her volcanic passion and the fact that she's barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block. But her children have their own secret weapon: estranged son Chris who returns after 20 years, crawls through Alexandra's second floor window, and becomes the family's unlikely mediator. No sooner are the words 'Hi, Mom' uttered than the emotional bombs start detonating. The Velocity of Autumn is a wickedly funny and wonderfully touching discovery of the fragility and ferocity of life."

Four-time Tony nominee Parsons' stage work includes The Seven Descents of Myrtle, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, Miss Margarida's Way and Morning's at Seven. She most recently appeared on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It. Her film credits include "Bonne and Clyde," and her TV work includes "Roseanne," "Empire Falls" and "The Good Wife."

Spinella, a two-time Tony winner, has performed in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Angels in America: Perestroika, A View From the Bridge and Spring Awakening. His TV work includes "Royal Pains," "Desperate Housewives" and "24," and his film credits include "Cradle Will Rock" and "Love! Valour! Compassion!"

Coble's plays include Bright Ideas, A Girl's Guide To Coffee, Stranded On Earth, Southern Rapture and My Barking Dog.

The Velocity of Autumn will feature scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Rui Rita, sound design by Darron L. West, wig design by Paul Huntley and casting by Geoff Josselson.

The play is produced by Larry Kaye & HOP Theatricals, Van Dean & The Broadway Consortium, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Michael J. Moritz, Jr., Rob Hinderliter & Dominick LaRuffa, Jr. and KIRN Productions, in association with Neal Rubinstein; Franklin Theatrical & James Valletti/Jonathan Demar; and James Simon & Stephen Ganns. Associate producers are Joan Rosenberg/John & Michelle Schaap, Craig J. Horsley/Michael Rubenstein and Lauren Class Schneider.

Visit VelocityOfAutumnBroadway.com for more information. 

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Stephen Spinella and Estelle Parsons
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