2016-2017 Season

“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 pm

Alexandra 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.




Cast

Brad Bond

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

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.

Playwright

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.

Creative Team

Rosemary  Close

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, Loves Scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Reel to Real, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, The Maids, Skimpies and The Bad Seed. Her recent directing credits include: last season’s Velocity of Autumn and Hughie, previous season’s 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) 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.

Christopher Haines

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 and in 2016 from Arizona State. Directing credits include: (for iTheatre) White Guy on the Bus, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, A Bad Friend, The Fish Must Die, Molly Sweeney, and Cat’s Paw. As a designer his work includes: Topdog/Underdog, A Raisin in the Sun, Gunplay, Peter Pan and Wendy, The 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 films Wake of the Hero and Means of Escape and was the production designer for the independent film 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 sixty productions in the Valley with numerous regional and world premieres.

Kailey Mattheisen (Lighting and Sound Designer) 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.