Boise Contemporary Theater artistic director Matthew Cameron Clark set his sights on producing world premieres and developing new plays a few years ago.
Here’s the first big payoff.
Eric Coble’s “The Velocity of Autumn,” which made its world premiere at BCT in April 2011, will be produced on Broadway this spring. The production will be directed by Arena Stage’s Molly Smith and star Oscar winner Estelle Parsons and Tony winner Stephen Spinella.
Coble met Clark in the summer of 2010 at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in McCall, where he was working on “Velocity,” Clark wanted to produce it the following season at BCT. Coble spent three weeks in Boise honing the piece with the cast that included Clark.
The dark family comedy explores the world of a successful artist now in her 80s, who stubbornly refuses to leave her Brooklyn brownstone even though two of her children are pressuring her to move. Now she's hold up in her home with homemade explosives and at a standoff. She wants to die on her own terms, whatever the cost.
Things heat up when her third son — a drifter who has been disconnected from the family — comes home to reconnect with his mom.
“The Velocity of Autumn” is scheduled to open in Spring 2013, about the same time that Coble’s “Graphic Depictions” will open at BCT.