TO OPEN AT BROADWAY’S BOOTH THEATRE APRIL 21, 2014
PREVIEWS BEGIN APRIL 1, 2014
DIRECTED BY ARENA STAGE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MOLLY SMITH
IN HER BROADWAY DEBUT
Following a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in the Fall of 2013, Larry Kaye and HOP Theatricals and Van Dean and The Broadway Consortium announce that the new American play The Velocity of Autumn will begin previews Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Broadway’s Booth Theatre (222 West 45 Street) for a limited engagement.The Velocity of Autumn is a 90-minute powder keg dark comedy by Eric Coble that stars Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons (Bonnie and Clyde, “Roseanne”) and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella (Angels In America, Spring Awakening), is directed by Molly Smith and will open Monday, April 21, 2014. The Velocity of Autumn will mark the Broadway debuts of Playwright Eric Coble and Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith.
“Without a doubt, this is a big moment,” comments Smith. “I could not be more excited to be at the helm of the 20th production from Arena Stage to move to Broadway in the company’s 63-year history as a pioneering not-for-profit resident theater. It is a pleasure to be part of the small group of women who have had the opportunity to direct on Broadway.”
She continues, “Eric’s funny and moving story is alive in living rooms all over the country—these characters are having the discussions about life and old age with the clarity we wish we could have in our own lives. Estelle and Stephen are splendid, and Eric’s play reminds us of our own crazy humanity.”
The Velocity of Autumn had its world premiere at Boise Contemporary Theatre in Idaho in April 2011, and played to sold-out audiences at Cleveland’s Beck Center for the Arts in Ohio in April 2012. The Arena Stage production, featuring the same cast and creative team as the scheduled Broadway run, ran from September 6 through October 20, 2013 in the Kreeger Theater to critical and popular acclaim.
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. 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.
The Velocity of Autumn has 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 Velocity of Autumn is produced by Larry Kaye & HOP Theatricals; Van Dean & The Broadway Consortium; Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino; and Rob Hinderliter & Dominick LaRuffa, Jr., in association with KIRN Productions and Jonathan Demar.
Tickets for The Velocity of Autumn are $65 – $135 and will go on sale through an exclusive Audience Rewards pre-sale Monday, December 16, 2013, at www.audiencerewards.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, December 20, 2013, at Telecharge.com (212-239-6200 or 800-447-7400). The playing schedule for The Velocity of Autumn is as follows: Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Beginning April 22, 2014, the playing schedule is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, Wednesday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Please note there will be no 2pm matinee Wednesday, April 2, and no performance Thursday, April 24.