If all goes as planned, a high-profile Washington stage director will be making her Broadway debut this spring, shepherding a new play by a dramatist who will also be having his freshman experience on American theater’s most visible platform.
Molly Smith, Arena Stage’s artistic director, has signed on to direct Eric Coble’s “The Velocity of Autumn,” a two-character play that is to star Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, said the show’s lead producer, Larry Kaye. The piece tells the story of an angry 80-year-old Brooklyn artist who barricades herself in her brownstone and threatens to blow herself up.
The deal is not yet a sure thing, however. “The Velocity of Autumn” still must find an available Broadway house, and the financing for the multimillion-dollar venture is not yet in place — two of the guarantors of an opening night. Kaye, a Bethesda-based producer who has invested in other Broadway shows, such as “American Idiot” and the revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” says he is at the beginning of the process of finding others who will put money into the venture.