“Playback Theatre: From Life to Story to Stage”
By Essential Theatre
Premiering May 2017
Presented by iTheatre Collaborative and Essential Theatre
May 12-14, 2017
May 12, 13 at 8 pm May 14 at 2 pmDetails
Dark Comedy "Velocity" Arrives
The Velocity of Autumn is a dark comedy about Alexandra, an artist of 80 year who barricades herself in her Brooklyn Brownstone apartment and refuses to come out or let anyone in. Surrounding herself with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block, it’s a showdown with her family over where to place her as she becomes less independent. Her estranged son Chris returns after 20 years, crawls through Alexandra’s second story window only to face the dilemma’s that families are facing every day.
The Velocity of Autumn exposes the frustrations of realizing how one’s sense of individuality leaves us as our body and minds grow older. I want to give the audience a powerful look at aging. A sense that we are not in this alone and as we gradually lose our individuality we still hold who we are inside, our soul and our passion to fight till the end. I dedicate this play to my mom who struggled with dementia, and to my family who stood by her as she gradually lost her individuality.
— iTC Artistic Director Christopher HainesRead Past Director's Corners