Stephen Spinella on the Unique Roller-Coaster Ride of Acting Opposite Estelle Parsons in The Velocity of Autumn
Spinella says the new play by Eric Coble asks, "How much do we give up…to take care of the people who took care of us?"
When Tony winner Stephen Spinella calls The Velocity of Autumn a rollercoaster ride, he's undoubtedly referring to acting opposite Broadway legend Estelle Parsons. But he's also talking about moments in the play that make the audience "start cheering and screaming" — an impressive feat for a play about the relationship between an old woman and her adult son. It all starts to make sense, however, when you take a look at the show's art and see Parson's character, a grandmotherly smile on her face and a Molotov cocktail in her hand.