Oscar winner Estelle Parsons and Tony winner Stephen Spinella will star in The Velocity of Autumn, a new play by Eric Coble and directed by Molly Smith. The production will open at a yet to be determined Broadway in the spring of 2013.
The Velocity of Autumn follows 80-year-old Alexandra, an aging artist who cries for freedom amid her family’s insistence that she settle into a nursing home. Locking herself in her Brooklyn home with a stash of Molotov cocktails, Alexandra faces off with her children and the police—until her youngest son climbs through her window and confronts her for the first time in 20 years.
The comedy premiered at Boise Contemporary Theater in Idaho in April 2011 and played a sold-out run in Cleveland in April 2012. The show will feature scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting desin by Howell Binkley and sound design by Darron L. West.
Parsons is currently appearing in Things of this World at La MaMa and will return to Broadway's Nice Work if You Can Get It when the play finishes its run. She earned Tony nominations for The Seven Descents of Myrtle, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, Miss Margarida’s Way and Morning’s at Seven. Her many film and TV credits include Roseanne, Watermelon Man, I Never Sang for My Father, A Memory of Two Mondays, Dick Tracy, Boys on the Side and Bonnie and Clyde, for which she earned an Academy Award.
Spinella earned Tony Awards for his performances in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika. His other Broadway credits include Spring Awakening, Our Town, James Joyce's The Dead, Electra and A View From the Bridge.