‘The Velocity of Autumn’ coming to Warehouse Theatre

WELLSBORO — In “The Velocity of Autumn,” Hamilton-Gibson’s upcoming comedy-drama, Alexandra, an 80-year-old artist who is healthy and quick-witted, is in a showdown with her three grown children about where she is going to live.

Alexandra wants to stay where she is. Her children don’t want her to continue living in her Brooklyn brownstone because she is growing older and is alone. In response, she has barricaded herself in her apartment with enough homemade Molotov cocktails to take out her whole block.

Her estranged son Chris returns after 20 years, crawls through Alexandra’s second-floor window and becomes the family’s unlikely mediator. No sooner does he utter the words “Hi, Mom” than the emotional bombs start detonating.

Playing Alexandra is Pat Balon. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Balon moved to Elkland, earned her degree in education at Mansfield University and began teaching German in the Northern Tioga School District in 1975. She moved into elementary education shortly thereafter and retired in 2011. In the winter of 2012, she made her first appearance on stage in the Elmira Little Theatre’s production of “Dearly Departed,” followed by “Anything Goes” and “Hallelujah Girls.” In Corning, she was in the Center Stage Community Theatre’s “Christmas Belles” and in 2017 was in HG’s “Wedding Belles.” In her spare time she enjoys gardening and crochets pillows for children preparing for surgery at Corning Hospital.

“Nearly everyone can identify with the issues raised in this warmhearted comedy, either from the perspective of the aging parent or the loving children,” said Balon.

“I admire Alexandra’s feistiness and her willingness to stand up for her independence, against all odds, including the well-meaning but misguided intentions of her grown children,” Balon said. “I lived with an independent and strong woman – my mother – and can readily identify with the situation in this play.”

Herb Johnson of Wellsboro plays Chris. Originally from the Renovo area, Johnson spent a number of years in Florida as a businessman. Shortly after his re-entry to the Pennsylvania Wilds, he was cast as Mayor Shinn in HG’s “The Music Man” in 2010.