Box Office Now Open for The Velocity of Autumn, Starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella

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10 Mar 2014

Stephen Spinella and Estelle Parsons
Stephen Spinella and Estelle Parsons
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The box office at the Booth Theatre, which will soon be the home of Eric Coble's family drama The Velocity of Autumn, starring Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella, is now open for business.

Directed by Molly Smith, previews for the limited engagement begin 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 played Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., in 2013. 

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; and Rob Hinderliter & Dominick LaRuffa, Jr.; and Michael J. Moritz, Jr.; in association with KIRN Productions/James Simon & Stephen Ganns; Neal Rubinstein; and Franklin Theatrical & James Valletti/Jonathan Demar. Associate producers are Joan Rosenberg/John & Michelle Perkoff and Lauren Class Schneider. 

Visit VelocityOfAutumnBroadway.com for more information. 

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Stephen Spinella and Estelle Parsons
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