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DC's Theater Alliance Launches Bock'sFive Flights June 12

By Kenneth Jones
12 Jun 2009

Five Flights star Adele Robey
Five Flights star Adele Robey
photo by Bruce Robey

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, June 12-28.

Shirley Serotsky stages the play, which, according to production notes, "explores in lyrical detail, what happens to a family when they must decide how to dispose of their parents' estate: a dilapidated aviary. Should they turn it into a shrine, a parking lot or abandon it altogether? We find Ed, who is stuck between a bossy sister-in-law, a highly suggestive sister, a zealot friend, and the attentions of a cute hockey player."

The original 2004 Off-Broadway run by Rattlestick Theater starred Tony winner Alice Ripley. Bock's plays include The Receptionist, The Typographer's Dreamand Swimming in the Shallows. Bock received his MFA in playwriting from Brown University.

The DC Five Flights company features Kathleen Akerley, Danny Gavigan, Christopher Herring, Eric M. Messner, Adele Robey and Helen Pafumi.

The production team includes set and lighting designer Klyph Stanford, costume designer Iviana Stack and stage manager Juely Siegel.

Performances play Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Theater Alliance performs at The H Street Playhouse, 1365 H Street, NE, Washington, DC. To purchase tickets, visit or call (866) 811-4111.


Theater Alliance is a non-profit professional theatre company that focuses on "the presenting of new or rarely produces work geared toward attracting diverse and alternative audiences to our Northeast DC community." Each season, Theater Alliance produces "four to five plays, including world, American and area premieres."

Its productions have included works by Salman Rushdie, Lee Blessing, Rebecca Gilman, Toni Morrison and Kornel Hamvai, among others. Theater Alliance earned 21 Helen Hayes nominations in seven years.

Danny Gavigan and Eric M. Messner in Five Flights
Danny Gavigan and Eric M. Messner in Five Flights
photo by Bruce Robey


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