The first mainstage production of LSU Theatre's season is a play written by Adam Bock and directed by Richard Holden. 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. The New York Times commented, “Mr. Bock isn't much interested in conventional theater. Instead he mixes effervescent dialogue with incongruous structure until your head is spinning.” Five Flights is a comedic look at family relationships and the strength of beliefs, religious, spiritual or otherwise; and the power of both to give our lives meaning.
Five Flights features a Pay-What-You-Can performance on October 16, a Preview performance on October 17, with the show officially opening October 18—27. Weeknight and Saturday performances at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 2 pm. $12–$18 tickets are available from the LSU Box Office by calling (225) 578-3527 or at theatre.lsu.edu. On performance nights tickets will be on sale at the Reilly Theatre Box Office.