Hubbard Hall is proud to announce its latest theater production with The Velocity of Autumn by Eric Coble. This hilarious and heartfelt play about what happens when life becomes too hard to handle arrived on Broadway in 2014, with a production that Hubbard Hall Executive & Artistic Director David Snider produced when it started at Arena Stage in 2013, starring Stephen Spinella and Estelle Parsons, who earned a Tony nomination for her performance.
The Hubbard Hall production, directed by David Snider, features two of the Berkshire region’s most acclaimed actors – Christine Decker as Alexandra and Oliver Wadsworth as Chris (recently seen at the Hall in his original one-man show The Tarnation of Russell Colvin).
About the Play
Alexandra, a retired painter, has been told she must move out of her house and into a retirement home. As the play begins, we find her at home in her Brooklyn brownstone, surrounded by Molotov cocktails, ready to ignite them and go out in a blaze of glory rather than be taken from her home. Just as she’s about to light the place up, her estranged son Chris climbs into the second-story window: “Hi, mom.” So begins a hilarious and harrowing comedy, which explores the roadblocks we all experience in life and asks the eternal questions “why are we here” and “who will care for us when life becomes too hard to handle?”
“Ever since I produced this play at Arena Stage, directed by Molly Smith, I’ve wanted to direct it myself,” says director David Snider. “It’s a beautiful exploration of mothers and sons, middle and late life, how we make our marks on the world and what happens when we can no longer navigate the world on our own. With Christine Decker and Oliver Wadsworth as the cast, it’s going to be a thrilling experience in the theater. Whether you’ve dealt with a generational transition already in your own family – or if you just wonder sometimes how you might make your mark on the world – there’s something for everyone in this play. Audiences will love it.”
A FREE special behind-the-scenes preview discussion of the show with cast and director will be featured at Battenkill Books in Cambridge on Saturday, February 17 at 12 p.m. (15 East Main St. Cambridge, NY 12816, (518) 677-2515)
Running at Hubbard Hall in the Freight Depot Theater, February 23-March 11, 2018: Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays-Sundays at 2pm. Opening Night Dinner* and Performance: $60 – Saturday, February 24 at 6pm. Regular Tickets: $30 Adults/$15 Students Ages 6-22, Senior Discount for 62 and older $25. Starring Christine Decker and Oliver Wadsworth. Directed by David Snider. Written by Eric Coble. Lighting Design by Calvin Anderson and Matt Catron. Costume Design by Sherry Recinella. Scenic Design by Darcy May. Technical Director Kristoffer Ross. Stage Manager Daniel Salzer.
About Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education
Since 1878 Hubbard Hall has developed, produced, and presented theater, music, dance and the visual arts. From 19thcentury vaudeville and traveling troupes performing Shakespeare to today’s newest developing artists, the Hall has long been a home for theater, opera, dance, and music and in recent years has developed into a world-class development center for new work. Through classes in dance, theater, music, movement, puppetry, fencing, and even gardening, Hubbard Hall gives students of all ages an opportunity to learn, collaborate and grow. By offering arts education programming in schools and throughout our region, we connect more deeply with our community and give students throughout the region the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts. Recognized as a leading arts institution in the state of New York, Hubbard Hall is a national model for community-based arts organizations. Hubbard Hall is located at 25 East Main Street in Cambridge, NY. For more information on this and all of our programs, or to purchase tickets, register for classes, make a donation, and/or become a Hubbard Hall Pass carrier please visit www.hubbardhall.org or call (518) 677-2495.