About The Velocity of Autumn
Oscar winner Estelle Parsons (Bonnie and Clyde, Roseanne, August: Osage County) and Tony winner Stephen Spinella (Angels in America) star in Eric Coble’s new two-character comedy-drama as a mother and son battling over her brownstone in Brooklyn. But it’s more than just a family squabble. Seventy-nine-year-old Alexandra has barricaded herself in her home with enough explosives to blow up the entire block. She threatens to detonate them unless her children stop in their efforts to make her move into a retirement home. Her estranged son Christopher, whom she hasn’t seen in years, has been summoned by his siblings and crawls in through the window to negotiate a settlement. Memories, connections and ruminations on old age and the fragility of life and love run through the funny and delicate dialogue as the two go over their past and try to reach a solution to their troubling future.
“Estelle Parsons gives a stellar performance,” hails Variety. “Delicously funny,” raves The New York Times. “Estelle Parsons soars…More than enough surprises and layers to make for a satisfying theatrical experience,” says the Baltimore Sun.
One hour and 30 minutes (no intermission)
Did you know?
Estelle Parsons has been nominated for the Tony Award four times—for The Seven Descents of Myrtle (1969), And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little (1971), Miss Margarita’s Way (1978) and Morning’s at Seven (2004)—but has never won.
Parsons began her career as a television reporter. She started out on NBC’s Today Show, first as a production assistant, then a staff writer and eventually she became the first female television network political news reporter.
Stephen Spinella is the only performer to win two Tony Awards for playing the same character—Prior Walter in the two parts of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.
Fans of Estelle Parsons from her many stage appearances – as well as those who only know her as Roseanne’s kooky mother on the long-running sitcom -- will be thrilled to see her as the self-possessed and defiant Alexandra. The show's exploration of aging and family will resonate with audiences as well.
Good for kids?
The play is probably too advanced for small children, but teenagers should be able to handle it.
Booth Theatre Location Information:
222 W 45th St.
New York, NY 10036
A, C, E to 42nd St./Port Authority (Eighth Ave.); N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3 to 42nd St./Times Sq. (Broadway)