Velocity of Autumn Star Estelle Parsons Will Be Featured on NBC's "Today"

By Carey Purcell
March 24, 2014

Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons, who stars in the new Broadway play The Velocity of Autumn, will be interviewed live on NBC’s "Today" March 25.



Parsons, who will be featured during the show's 10 AM hour, will be interviewed by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. 

The Velocity of Autumn, Eric Coble's new family drama which stars Parsons and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella, begins performances April 1 at the Booth Theatre, prior to an official opening April 21 following its run at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

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

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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