2009-10 Season 7

Five Flights

by Adam Block
Directed by Shirley Serotsky

June 12 - 28, 2009

Siblings Ed and Adele inherit an enormous aviary that their late father built for his deceased wife, whose soul, he believed, had transformed into the body of a wren. The grown children are faced with the dilemma of what to do with the crumbling structure — sister-in-law Jane wants to build tidy new houses; friend Olivia wants to build The Church of the Fifth Day honoring birds and the Fifth Day of creation; Ed wants to let the building fall to the ground. Folded into this debate are issues of religious conviction, fear of commitment, the way Russian ballet resembles a hockey game, and the courtship of Ed by Tom, a gay professional hockey player.


Ed  Eric M. Messner
Olivia  Adele Robey
Jane  Kathleen Akerley
Adele  Helen Pafumi
Tom  Danny Gavigan
Andre  Christopher Herring

Production Team

Director  Shirley Serotsky
Stage Manager  Juely Siegal
Production Managers  Mark Anduss & Stephen Caywood
Set Designer  Klyph Stanford
Lighting Designer  Klyph Stanford
Costume Designer  Ivania Stack
Sound Designer  Matt Otto


What They Say

“Theater Alliance’s final production of the 2008-09 season in Washington, DC, is Adam Bock’s Five Flights, the regionally popular tale of a family letting go of the past.”


“Director Shirley Serotsky sneaks in some stylistic movements by choreographing her actors to dance out brief balletic gestures, such as a mock pas-de-deux, with arabesques and lifts that lift the play as well.”

DC Theatre Scene

“…the most affecting performance comes from Kathleen Akerley as Jane, with Akerley’s smooth turn easily making rationalism and practicality look like the winning side.”

The Washington Post

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