PHOTO CALL: The Velocity of Autumn, Starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, on Broadway

By Matthew Blank
07 Apr 2014

Eric Coble's new family drama The Velocity of Autumn, starring Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella, began performances on Broadway April 1 at the Booth Theatre, prior to an official opening April 21.



Molly Smith, who directed The Velocity of Autumn at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., helms the Broadway production. 



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Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella
Photo by Joan Marcus



"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 features 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 production features post-show talkbacks, titled "Inside Velocity," following each of the preview performances. 

A limited number of $29 rush tickets (inclusive of $2 facility fee) will be available for each performance when the Booth Theatre box office opens for that day's performance(s). Patrons are limited to two tickets per person.

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.

For tickets, visit Telecharge.com or phone (212) 239-6200.

Visit VelocityOfAutumnBroadway.com for more information. The Booth Theatre is located at 222 West 45 Street.