‘The Velocity Of Autumn’ continues the 2016 Lake Dillon Theatre Company season
IF YOU GO
What: “The Velocity of Autumn”
When: Performances are May 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22
Where: Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s interim theater, 246X Rainbow Drive, Silverthorne
Cost: Tickets start at $29 for adults and $22 for students and may be purchased by visiting the Lake Dillon Theatre Company website.lakedillontheatre.org or by calling (970) 513-9386
“Fear. Family. Love. Acceptance,” said actor Billie McBride in a statement, as she describes the substance of the upcoming play, “The Velocity of Autumn,” the newest offering from the Lake Dillon Theatre Company (LDTC).
McBride portrays Alexandra, matriarch of the Brooklyn-based family featured in “The Velocity of Autumn,” the 2014 Tony-Award nominated comedy-drama by Eric Coble.
The play centers on Alexandra, an octogenarian artist conflicting with her adult children about where she’ll spend her remaining years. When her estranged son Chris crawls through her second-floor window serving as the family’s unlikely mediator, Alexandra’s ferocious wit and volcanic passion are suddenly met with the sensitivities of her past.
At its core, “The Velocity of Autumn” reveals how a mother and son who haven’t spoken in 20 years reconnect in the most unlikely of circumstances, ultimately realizing that what had pushed them apart were not their differences, but rather their similarities.
While “The Velocity of Autumn” may examine themes of intergenerational conflict and nostalgia for times of the past, playwright Eric Coble introduces characters that are both flawed and likable, and their dialogue is witty and haunting.
“Eric Coble has uncovered the trueness of mother-son relationships by using wit, comedy and honesty,” said LDTC producing artistic director Chris Alleman, who also directs the production, in a statement. “‘The Velocity of Autumn’ is one of those rare pieces of theater where two people trapped in one room and having thrown their best punches can still escape, although not unscathed, the better for it.”
LDTC welcomes back David Oliver Nelson (“Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure”) in the role of Chris, joining Denver favorite Billie McBride (The Denver Center, The Arvada Center).
THE LANGUAGE OF THE PLAY
Coble’s play sparks with both witty banter and thoughtful, descriptive monologues that offer insight into the characters’ estranged relationship and the choices from their respective pasts.
Actor David Nelson said that the script provided a unique challenge when he first approached it.
“To me it’s more about connecting with it, rather than ‘tackling’ it,” he said. “For (‘Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure’), it was definitely more of a tackle. But a script this good, the best thing you can do is memorize it dead-letter perfect and get out of its way by speaking as honestly as you can.”
McBride said this play was particularly exciting due to its unique circumstances.
“These two characters (in the play) are thrown together in a very unique situation for a very short period of time after being separated for such a long time and what happens is wonderfully possible,” said McBride.
The play takes place in the living room of the second floor Brooklyn apartment where Alexandra lives.
“I’m excited about the structural simplicity,” said Nelson. “A mother and a son, hashing it out in one long scene. The play is one scene! Nothing gets in the way, no distractions, just relationship. I’ve never done a play like this.”
A STORY OF MEANING
“The Velocity of Autumn” is the second play of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s 2016 theater season entitled “The Ties that Bind,” exploring the relationships that bind us together and ultimately give meaning to the lives in which we live.
“This season offers a diverse line-up of comedies, dramas and musicals that tell the important stories of how people connect in a chaotic world,” said Alleman. “Whether it’s a pair of lovers, a mother and son, a group of friends, or a group of cousins, the productions this season explore the relationships that give our lives meaning.”
Alleman said the play contains mature language and themes and may not be appropriate for all audiences.
Nelson said that audiences can expect to see a story that will mean something to every single person who has a mother or even a parent.
“So in other words, unless you are a fish or a robot, this one will mean something to everyone. Be warned.”
“The Velocity of Autumn” begins May 6, with performances on select Tuesdays through Sundays until Sunday, May 22.
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