"The Velocity of Autumn" Q&A with Gary Bowman
Welcome to the second installment of our Q&A featuring the cast and crew of Redwood Curtain’s production of The Velocity of Autumn, written by Eric Coble and directed by Kristin L. Mack. Today we’re featuring Gary Bowman who plays Chris.
Plays: February 26 – March 21
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm. Sunday matinee on March 15 at 2pm.
Alexandra, an 80-year-old artist, is in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. She’s barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block. Her estranged son Chris returns after 20 years, crawls through Alexandra’s second-floor window and becomes the family’s unlikely mediator. A wickedly funny and wonderfully touching discovery of the fragility and ferocity of life.
“Bracing, honest, and deliciously funny.” – NY Times
This is your first Redwood Curtain production. Can you tell us a little about previous shows you’ve done?
This is my debut and also my first time on stage in Humboldt. I was in the Bay Area before. I haven’t been on stage for four or five years. I took a hiatus. The last time, I was in Santa Maria and before that I was back East. ?I figure if I’m going to go in, why not do a two person show. I’ve played in?Brigadoon, Guys & Dolls and back East ?I was the national Broadway tour of?Cabaret and some other regional theater. It’s good to be here.
Tell us about?your character.
I play Chris. He’s the estranged son of Alexandra. He’s come back after almost 20 years too help out his mom, who he thinks is in need. He’s an aspiring artist, aspiring being the key word. He’s a lone soul. He moves around and is still trying to find himself after forty-some-odd years. I enjoy the part because there’s a lot of levels with him and the relationship between him and his mom.
What drew you to this show?
When I auditioned I’d heard really great things about this theater company and I knew I wanted to be part of it somehow. So when [director] Kristin [Mack] called me and said there was a part and that it was a two person show I took the opportunity. I’m very excited.
The company does a lot of shows that aren’t well known or mainstream and that’s what’s exciting about it. The space as well helps focus the kind of show [Redwood Curtain] does. You have to focus on the material. I love small, intimate theaters. It’s my favorite.
What do you hope the audience takes away from the show?
It’s about family and coming back together, about being there for the ones you love. Being there for the ones who need you. I hope they come out with the understanding that no matter how tough times are, you need to be there for your family and friends. That’s the main thing I get out of it.