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The Velocity of Autumn - Broadway

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Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons (Bonnie and Clyde, August: Osage County) and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella (Angels in America) earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike in the new American Play The Velocity of Autumn at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. Now this powerhouse duo is bringing their extraordinary chemistry to Broadway!

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.

Schedule

Booth Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
222 West 45th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For The Velocity of Autumn


Theater Review: The Velocity of Autumn Ticks Off Every Item on the Bad Playwriting Checklist - Vulture
This new Broadway production is ridiculous not just on the copyright page of the script by Eric Coble but also on every page thereafter...The play proceeds to tick off every item on the bad playwriting checklist (not to mention fans of good theater). Purple prose? How about Alexandra's ode to her father's Zippo: "The flame is pure. Primal. It's like going back to where we came from. Like home." Overwrought existential imagery? In a long monologue Alexandra compares life, with its spiraling perspectives, to the Guggenheim Museum...Deploying every trick she knows, Parsons miraculously makes this whirlwind of clichés coherent, but nothing can make her believable. And Stephen Spinella, in a sad ponytail wig as Chris, is essentially her caddy: carrying the lumpy bags of exposition and teeing up her shots. Nor can the director Molly Smith -- whose one big gesture, an aural cataclysm before the curtain, is a gross overreach -- do much to improve the texture of a play that's so synthetic it slips out of your memory even as you watch it.

Review: B’way’s ‘Velocity of Autumn’ wry, spirited - Associated Press
Not many old people who fear being shipped off to a nursing home fight back with a home arsenal and bomb threats. However, the inimitable Estelle Parsons has gleefully unleashed her inner anarchist with gusto to do just that in the dark comedy "Velocity of Autumn," which opened Monday night in a wry, spirited Broadway production at the Booth Theatre. Playwright Eric Coble presents the aging decay of the human mind and body as a necessary process replete with mordantly humorous and empathetic moments. He lightens the potentially depressing subject matter by providing plenty of comedic zingers to both Academy Award-winner Parsons -- here powerful and ingratiating -- and to her co-star, the equally skilled Stephen Spinella. Both of these pros imbue their characters with genuine poignancy, rueful humor and their own adept timing. Molly Smith's deft direction also creates a sense of urgency during the 90-minute showdown about a seeming no-win situation.


 

The Velocity of Autumn Broadway Cast



 

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by BroadwayWorld TV - May 4, 2014
THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN will play its final performance at Broadway's Booth Theatre today, having played 22 preview and 16 regular performances. Starring Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella, THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN began performances on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and opened Monday, April 21, 2014, following a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at Washington DC's Arena Stage in the fall of 2013.
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 22, 2014
All of Broadway's biggest stars aligned at the Booth Theatre last night to celebrate opening night ofThe Velocity of Autumn, a 90-minute powder keg dark comedy by Eric Coble. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was at Sardi's to chat with the company at the after party, and you can check out interviews with the cast and creative team below!
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 22, 2014
All of Broadway's biggest stars aligned at the Booth Theatre last night to celebrate opening night of The Velocity of Autumn, a 90-minute powder keg dark comedy by Eric Coble. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on the red carpet to chat with the evening's guests before the curtain went up, and you can check out interviews with Laura Osnes, Rory O'Malley, Christopher Sieber, Patrick Page, Gabriel Ebert and more below!
by Jennifer Broski - April 22, 2014
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 winnerStephen Spinella (Angels in America, Lincoln, '24'), is directed by Molly Smith and opened last night, April 21, 2014 at the Booth Theatre. BroadwayWorld was there for opening night and below you can check out photos from the star-studded red carpet arrivals!
by Jennifer Broski - April 22, 2014
Just last night, April 21, Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons (Bonnie and Clyde, 'Roseanne') and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella (Angels in America, Lincoln, '24') celebrated opening night of The Velocity of Autumn- a 90-minute powder keg dark comedy by Eric Coble. BroadwayWorld was there for opening night, and below, you can check out photos from inside the after party!
by Jennifer Broski - April 22, 2014
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 opened last night, April 21, 2014 at the Booth Theatre. BroadwayWorld was there for opening night and below you can check out photos from the first curtain call!
by Michael Dale - April 22, 2014
Sometimes, all you have to do to get a laugh is have the curtain rise on Estelle Parsons in a room full of Molotov cocktails.
by Review Roundups - April 21, 2014
The Velocity of Autumn by Eric Coble stars Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons (Bonnie and Clyde, 'Roseanne') and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella (Angels in America, Lincoln, '24'). It is directed by Molly Smith and opens tonight, April 21, 2014 at the Booth Theatre. Let's see what the critics had to say...
by Nicole Rosky - April 21, 2014
Following the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, the 12.14 Foundation was created with the mission of building a landmark Performing Arts Centre in Newtown, Connecticut, in memory of those lost on December 14, 2012. The foundation aims to develop a premier Academy of the Arts with help from local, national, and international collaborations. Through the collective efforts and contributions of local craftsmen and artisans, respected business professionals and corporations, and renowned designers, 12.14 will create a remembrance that expresses respect, passion, resilience and focus on a hope for the future. Now the foundation has teamed with the Broadway production of the Velocity of Autumn to give ticket-buyers an opportunity to contribute to the special cause. By simply entering discount code 'VA1214' when purchasing tickets to the play, $10 from every ticket purchased will be donated to the 12.14 Foundation. CLICK HERE to help the cause today! Producer of The Velocity of Autumn, Van Dean, has also worked extensively with the charity, having organized 'From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook' and the organization's 2013 production- Seussical. Dean took the time to chat with BroadwayWorld about the foundation's great work, future projects in Newtown, and how Broadway audiences can help. Check out the full interview below!
by BWW News Desk - April 21, 2014
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 tonight, April 21, 2014. This limited Broadway engagement of The Velocity of Autumn follows a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at Washington DC's Arena Stage (Edgar Dobie, Executive Producer) in the fall of 2013.
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 16, 2014
Now in previews, 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. This limited Broadway engagement of The Velocity of Autumn follows a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at Washington DC's Arena Stage (Edgar Dobie, Executive Producer) in the fall of 2013. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the new play on stage!
by BWW News Desk - April 15, 2014
The Telly Awards announced the 2014 Award winners yesterday, naming the television spot for the new dark comedy THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN produced by AKA NYC the recipient of the 2014 Telly Award for Excellent Use of Humor (Local TV and Local Cable). "The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video," said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. "AKA NYC's accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production."
by BWW News Desk - April 14, 2014
A limited number of Opening Night tickets are now on sale for THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN starring Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons (Bonnie and Clyde, "Roseanne") and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella (Angels in America, Lincoln, "24") at Broadway's Booth Theatre. The new 90-minute powder keg dark comedy by Eric Coble and directed by Molly Smith began performances on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and officially opens on Monday, April 21, 2014 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.
by BWW News Desk - April 7, 2014
Now in previews, 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. After every preview performance of the new critically acclaimed American play THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN audience members will be invited to stay for a complimentary post-show "Inside Velocity" talkback, featuring different members of the cast and creative team. This limited Broadway engagement of THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN follows a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at Washington DC's Arena Stage (Edgar Dobie, Executive Producer) in the fall of 2013. Check out a first look at Parsons and Spinella in action below!
by BWW News Desk - April 1, 2014
After every preview performance of the new critically acclaimed American play The Velocity of Autumn, from tonight, 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 (222 West 45 Street).
by BWW News Desk - March 28, 2014
Producers Larry Kaye & HOP Theatricals and Van Dean & The Broadway Consortium announced today a general rush ticket policy for Eric Coble's new critically acclaimed American play The Velocity of Autumn, starring Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella and directed by Molly Smith. A limited number of $29 rush tickets (inclusive of $2 facility fee) will be available for each performance when the Booth Theatre box office (222 West 45 Street) opens for that day's performance(s). Patrons are limited to two tickets per person.
by Stage Tube - March 26, 2014
Estelle Parsons appeared on the TODAY show yesterday to chat with Kathie Lee and Hoda about her return to Broadway beginning next Tuesday, April 1, in THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN. Check out the interview below!
by BWW News Desk - March 25, 2014
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.
by BWW News Desk - March 20, 2014
Producers Larry Kaye & HOP Theatricals and Van Dean & The Broadway Consortium announced today that after every preview performance of the new critically acclaimed American play THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN, 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 (222 West 45 Street).
by BroadwayWorld TV - March 17, 2014
Tony-winner Stephen Spinella recently spoke about his upcoming return to Broadway and sparring with Estelle Parsons in The Velocity of Autumn. Check out the interview below!