THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN's Estelle Parsons Set for THE TODAY SHOW Today
Estelle Parsons, the Academy Award-winning star of the new Broadway play The Velocity of Autumn, will be interviewed live on NBC's "Today" by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb during the show's 10am hour (EST), today, March 25, 2014.
THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN will begin previews Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Broadway's Booth Theatre (222 West 45 Street) for a limited engagement, following a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at Washington DC's Arena Stage (Edgar Dobie, Executive Producer) in the fall of 2013. 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, Lincoln, "24"), 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 director Molly Smith. For 23 performances only, from Tuesday, April 1, through Sunday, April 20, audience members will be invited to stay for a complimentary post-show "Inside Velocity" talkback, featuring different members of the cast and creative team, at the Booth Theatre.
THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN swirls around Alexandra, a 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over her desire to continue living independently. In Alexandra's corner are her wit, her volcanic passion and the fact that she's barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with 100 Molotov cocktails -- enough to take out the whole block! But her children have their own secret weapon: estranged son Chris who returns after 20 years, climbs a tree, 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, written by Eric Coble and directed by Molly Smith, is a wickedly funny and wonderfully touching story about family and independence.
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; 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.