Old Log Theatre to Present THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN, 9/11-10/24

Old Log Theatre's 2015/16 season opens with the regional premiere of Eric Coble's new dramatic comedy THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN. This two person play takes place in a simple Brooklyn brownstone; 79-year-old Alexandra lives a solitary existence with her fleeting memories and is at an impasse with her family over how she should spend her autumn years. Alexandra's long-absent son enters as a most unlikely mediator, to try and save his mother's life as much as his own. Funny and sweet, aching and revelatory, this perceptive play reveals both the fragility and ferocity of life.

"Working on this show I am constantly reminded of the Dylan Thomas poem, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night", comments Knutson, "With humor, emotion and some pain, THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN demonstrates the importance of those words. It refuses to allow us, its' audience, leave the theatre without facing the personal and powerful reality that all too often becomes the painful truth of growing old".

THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN is the third in a trilogy of plays from playwright Eric Coble, known as the Alexandra Plays, that include A Girl's Guide to Coffee, Alex in her 20's free and uncommitted; Stranded on Earth, Alexa in her 40's realizing her joys and tragedies come from her family and aging parents and finally as Alexandra in THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN where she is hanging onto a world where she finds comfort and stability as her family urges her to move on.

The play debuted in September 2013 at the Arena Stage in Washington DC, starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, with Variety praising "Coble's penetrating book" and lauding "A tale that could resonate with a broad range of audiences as it touches on a sobering dilemma faced by families every day." In April 2014 THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN opened on Broadway for a limited run, picking up a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress.

THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN will preview on September 11, 2015, open on September 12, 2015 and runs through October 24, 2015 at the Old Log Theatre in Excelsior, MN. Performances are Wednesdays at 1:30pm, Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are $24 for weekday matinees, $29 for Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees, $30 for Friday evenings and $35 for Saturdays. Student tickets and Group rates are available.

THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN is presented as part of Old Log Theatre's 2015/16 season with the upcoming productions of The Wedding Singer (November 6 - February 20, 2016); Cinderella (November 17 - December 31, 2015; Blithe Spirit (March 4 - May 28, 2016).

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 952-474-5951 (toll free 1-866-653-5641). Reservations can also be made for dinner at the Old Log Theatre's new restaurant, CAST & CRU at or 952-767-9700 - hosting theatre patrons, destination diners, and our neighbors in the Lake Minnetonka area.

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