How do you kill time before Broadway? Head to the nation's capital! Eric Coble’s The Velocity of Autumn will now be part of the 2013-14 season at Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage after the show recently postponed its planned spring Broadway opening, reports The New York Times. The play will run September 6 through October 20.
Oscar winner Estelle Parsons and Tony winner Stephen Spinella, who were set for the Broadway production, will bring the show as a “pre-Broadway production” to the Arena, where the show's helmer Molly Smith serves as artistic director.
Parsons performed a reading of Velocity at the Arena last year. The show’s producers say the Arena engagement is not a replacement for the Broadway run, which is on hold until a suitably-sized theater can be found for the production.
The Velocity of Autumn follows 80-year-old Alexandra (Parsons), 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 (Spinella) climbs through her window and confronts her for the first time in 20 years.