A bittersweet day for the Broadway production of The Velocity of Autumn, starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella. After garnering a Tony nod for Parsons April 29, the show announced it will play its final performance on May 4 at the Booth Theatre. The play, directed by Molly Smith, will have run for 22 preview performances and 16 regular performances at the time of closing.
Written by Eric Colbe, The Velocity of Autumn tells the story of Alexandra (Parsons), a 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. Alexandra has barricaded herself in her Brooklyn Brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block, but when her estranged son Chris (Spinella) crawls through her second-floor window, he becomes the family’s unlikely mediator.
The Velocity of Autumn premiered at Boise Contemporary Theatre in Idaho in 2011 before having a sold-out run at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage this past September.