Eric Coble’s dark comedy swirls around Alexandra (Estelle Parsons), 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 (Stephen Spinella) 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 in this “wickedly funny and wonderfully touching” discovery of the fragility and ferocity of life.
The Velocity of Autumn had its world premiere at Boise Contemporary Theatre in Idaho in April 2011, and was subsequently produced at Cleveland’s Beck Center for the Arts in Ohio in April 2012. This production began in a Fall 2013 pre-Broadway engagement at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC.