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The Velocity of Autumn

Closed May 4, 2014

Estelle Parsons gives a bracing, honest and often deliciously funny performance.

The New York Times

Why See The Velocity of Autumn?

Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella star together in this charming comedy about an estranged mother and son who eventually reunite in some rather unusual circumstances. The production ran in Washington D.C. in 2013, where it received rave reviews from critics.

Alexandra, a 79-year-old artist, hasn't seen her son Chris for about twenty years. The on-going voluntary separation draws to an abrupt close when Chris climbs through the second-floor window of his mother's Brooklyn brownstone, hoping to end the brewing family feud over where their aging mother will spend the remainder of her retirement.

Artistic Alexandra however is dead set on remaining put, and has barricaded herself into her home with an army of homemade Molotov cocktails!

The Velocity of Autumn is a humorous, honest and touching look at the often fiery nature of family relations and the fragility of love.

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Previews from: 1 April 2014

Opening night: 1 April 2014


Please note that children under the age of four are not permitted in the theatre

Run time

90 minutes long

Cast and Creative


Estelle Parsons as Alexandra
Stephen Spinella as Chris


Directed by Molly Smith
Written by Eric Coble
Scenic design by Eugene Lee
Costume design by Linda Cho
Lighting design by Rui Rita
Sound design by Darron L. West


Tony Award Nominations 2014

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Estelle Parsons

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