Oscar winner and former Roseanne star Estelle Parsons will soon have another feisty leading role on Broadway. Beginning April 1 at the Booth Theatre (“a magical theater,” says the 86-year-old actress), Parsons will play her first full-fledged starring role on the Great White Way since her celebrated turn as Violet Weston in August: Osage County in 2008-09 (when she took over for Tony winner Deanna Dunagan). In Eric Coble’s dark comedy, The Velocity of Autumn, Parsons portrays a near-octogenerian named Alexandra who arms herself with Molotov cocktails to resist her eviction from her Brooklyn brownstone — only to have her estranged son (Stephen Spinella) climb through her window in an effort to make peace.
In the clip below, Parsons speaks about what drew her to the role and why you shouldn’t expect to see some doddering old biddy going gentle into that good night. The Velocity of Autumn, directed by Molly Smith (who also helmed an acclaimed Washington, D.C., production with the same cast), begins previews on April 1 before an official opening on April 21. For tickets and additional information, check out the show’s official website.