Theatre Artists Studio presents Arizona debut of ‘The Velocity of Autumn’

Theatre Artists Studio presents the Arizona debut of “The Velocity of Autumn,” fresh off its Broadway run last spring with Estelle Parsons, who received a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Alexandra.

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Eighty-year-old artist Alexandra is in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years.

Alexandra’s volcanic passion and the fact that she’s barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block may not be enough against her family’s own secret weapon: Estranged son Chris, who returns after 20 years and crawls through Alexandra’s second floor window, in a final attempt to dissuade Mom from her ultimatum.

No sooner are the words “Hi, Mom” uttered than detonation starts on the emotional bombs that have been lying in wait for the match to strike.

“The Velocity of Autumn” is a wickedly funny and deeply touching discovery of the fragility and ferocity of life.

The studio’s production stars well-known Valley director and actress Judy Rollings in the title role.

“I love the character of Alexandra,” says Ms. Rollings. “She struggles heroically as she faces one of the biggest challenges in life. She is desperately trying to hold onto her independence and her dignity, while life and her children are trying to take both of them away.”

On relating to the character, Ms. Rollings said, “I have grown sons who are the light of my life and sometimes the bane of my existence. I connect with Alexandra in her deep love for and struggles with her son, with her grief for what life takes away, and for the joy life can give. She’s a brave, irascible, and feisty lady who has won my heart.”

Robyn Allen directs, with Brad Allen performing the role of Alexandra’s son, Chris. Playwright Eric Coble has penned numerous scripts for both adults and children of various ages, including the stage adaptation of the Newberry Award-winning book, “The Giver.”

“The Velocity of Autumn” is presented April 10-26 at The Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, No. 406, in Scottsdale.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for students 25 and under and $15 for groups of 10 or more, seniors 65 and over and members of the military.

Call the box office at 602-765-0120 or visit www.thestudiophx.org.

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