“The Velocity of Autumn”
By Eric Coble
Premiered September 2016
Presented by iTheatre Collaborative
Sept. 2-17, 2016
Sept. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8 pm and Sept. 4, 11 at 2 pmAlexandra is 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 a pile of Molotov cocktails. When Alexandra's estranged son Chris returns after 20 years and crawls through her second floor window, the emotional bombs start detonating, hopefully, before the real ones do.
Brad Bond (Chris) has had a long and varied life in the theatre and worn many hats, including actor, voiceover artist, director, choreographer, playwright, producer, and composer/lyricist. He’s worked all over the country--with national tours and extended gigs in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Mississippi, and lived and worked for 18 years in New York City. A few of his favorite roles include the Baker in Into the Woods, Mozart in Amadeus, Charlie in The Foreigner, The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Paul in A Chorus Line, and Tom in The Glass Menagerie. Since moving to the Valley 4 years ago, he has found a wonderful artistic home at Theatre Artists Studio, appearing in several productions including Maple and Vine, Cabaret, The Weir and the original run of The Velocity of Autumn. He has also worked on a number of projects at Lunchtime Theatre as a director and a performer. Brad is grateful to iTheatre Collaborative for another chance to do this beautiful play with the wonderful Judy Rollings. Maybe we can go home again after all!
Judy Rollings* (Alexandra) was a founding member of Actors Theatre of Phoenix and served as the Artistic Director for over eight years. During her tenure, they won the Critics Circle Award for Innovative Programming – Brown Bag Theater and the Best Professional Theater Award. Judy is a recipient of awards that include Best Director of a Drama, Arizoni Lifetime Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theater, and the 2010 Actors Equity Association Theatre Service Award. She innovated and ran the successful STAGES actor training program and is the founder and director of the Lunch Time Theater Program at the Herberber Theater Center. Current acting credits include Spinning Into Butter, The Death Bite, her own one-woman show Starring Judy from Chicago, Light Up The Sky, Suocera, Over The River and Through the Woods and The Velocity of Autumn. Judy is a partner with Patti Davis Suarez in Old Broads Productions. They have performed three original pieces to date. Current directing credits include Collected Stories, Sudz, Honor, Eleemosynary, The Road to Mecca, Nureyev’s Eyes, Great Falls, Doubt, Steel Magnolias, and And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little and The Outgoing Tide. Judy is a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Artists Studio and is the Herberger Theater Center’s Director of Art Education and Outreach. Judy is profoundly grateful to Chris and Rosie and iTheatre Collaborative for the opportunity to do The Velocity of Autumn again, and with the amazing Brad Bond. She would like to dedicate this production to her sons, Jeff and Matt.*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Eric Coble was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and bred on the Navajo and Ute reservations in New Mexico and Colorado. His plays include Bright Ideas, The Dead Guy, Natural Selection, For Better, and The Giver, and have been produced Off-Broadway, throughout the U.S., and on several continents, including productions at Manhattan Class Company, The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Alliance Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, South Coast Repertory, Asolo Repertory, Indiana Repertory, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Stages Repertory, and The Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Awards include an Emmy nomination, the AT&T Onstage Award, National Theatre Conference Playwriting Award, an NEA Playwright in Residence Grant, and three Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grants.
Rosemary Close (Director) has been involved in theater in the Valley for over thirty years. Her work dates back as far as the Arizona Contemporary Theater Company, Northwest Studios and the Glendale Little Theater to name a few oldies. Her onstage credits include; Frozen, Harvey, Chapter Two, Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, The Balcony, The Way We Live Now, Royal Gambit, Love Scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Reel to Real, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, The Maids, Skimpies and Bad Seed. Her recent directing credits include; Grounded and An Almost Holy Picture. In 1991, Rosemary began her longtime association with the New York theater company, Mabou Mines. She appeared in numerous productions with that company both in Phoenix and New York. The highlight of that work with Mabou Mines was a leading role in the multimedia stage production, Wrath of Kali, directed by the award winning and acclaimed, Lee Breuer. Currently, she is the Managing Director for iTheatre Collaborative and is proud to be a part of the impact iTheatre has made in the Phoenix downtown community.
Dolores Goldsmith (Production and Stage Manager) is an award-winning actor, as well as a stage director and writer. She founded three theatre companies both here and abroad. Dolores has directed and produced plays at Scottsdale Community College, Arizona Jewish Theater Company, Arizona Women’s Theatre Company, Lunch Time Theater and Theatre Artists Studio. She attended Stetson College Shakespeare Summer intensive and The Mike Nichol’s New Actors Studio in Manhattan. She currently serves on the board of iTheatre Collaborative and is their Director of New Works Development.
Christopher Haines (Scenic Designer) is a theater veteran with over thirty years of experience as an actor, producer, stage manager, writer, director and designer. He graduated in 1991 from Duke University. As a designer his work includes: Topdog/Underdog, A Raisin in the Sun, Gunplay, Peter Pan and Wendy, Wizard of Oz, The Colored Museum, The House of Bernarda Alba, and Horn in the West, a 1500 seat outdoor amphitheater in Boone, N.C. In 1994, Mr. Haines collaborated with the internationally acclaimed director, Lee Breuer (founder of Mabou Mines), on his project Wrath of Kali, as the Director of Videography, both in its debut in Phoenix, AZ and in New York. Other design work in video, photography and media includes the Daniel Lentz Group’s A Crack in the Bell, such plays as Jack, Reel to Real, Romeo and Juliet, Sweet Thunder, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, and he has worked as the Director of Photography on the feature lms Wake of the Hero and Means of Escape and was the production designer for the independent lm Hack. In 2002 he co-founded iTheatre Collaborative. His work at iTheatre has garnered national attention and recognition with invited performances at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Black Arts Movement Festival in Austin, TX and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK. For iTheatre he has produced well-over fty productions in the Valley with numerous regional and world premieres. Mr. Haines will be graduating in the Fall from A.S.U. with a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management.
Kailey Mattheisen (Lighting and Sound Designer) is an Integrative Studies major focusing on dance and creative writing with a minor in mathematics and a certificate in lM studies at A.S.U. She has acted in short lMs, plays, and musicals, directed four plays to date, and continues to direct plays as well as working on lm sets as director, script supervisor, Camera AD, boom, etc. She stage managed the musical Passing Strange and Hostages & Other Plays for iTheatre, in addition to ...The End, In the Car, and In the Theatre. She would like to thank Charles St. Clair for his teaching and endless support and encouragement. She would also like to thank all of her other wonderful friends and family who lend her great moral support in the pursuit of her dreams.