Five Flights

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 use it to build her Church of the Fifth Day, Ed wants the building to fall back into 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.

Matthew Montelongo, Alice Ripley (rear), Lisa Steindler in <I>Five Flights</i>, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
Lisa Steindler, Alice Ripley, Kevin Karrick in <I>Five Flights</i>, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
Jason Butler Harner and Matthew Montelongo in <I>Five Flights</i>, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
Cast Requirements

3 men
3 women


Five Flights is a rare discovery in a new play—an intricately constructed comedy about love and grief that is incredibly funny, surprisingly touching and soaring with joyful humanity. The play’s skylarking structure combined with Bock’s haunting substance makes this a not-to-be-missed theatrical triumph.”
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“Top Ten Best of the Year”

“Only a sweet regret lingers at the end, when it is time to leave these characters and go home.”
San Francisco Chronicle

Production and Development History

Productions: Encore Theatre, San Francisco; Pisces Moon, Santa Cruz; Bowdoin College, Brunswick; Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NYC.