Sponsored by:
  • The Humana Foundation

March 24 - April 9, 2017

Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
There will be no intermission

by Chelsea Marcantel
directed by Meredith McDonough

March 24 – April 9, 2017
in the Victor Jory Theatre

When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there’s more to this art form than playing pretend; it’s about finding yourself in your favorite songs, and performing with raw joy. Will Nina be able to let go and set herself free onstage? Following her mission to shred or be shredded, Airness is an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already inside us.

About the Playwright

Chelsea Marcantel is a New York City-based writer, director, and collaborator. Reared by Cajuns in southwest Louisiana, she has lived and made theatre among the tribes of the Midwest, Appalachia, and the Mid-Atlantic, where she completed a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Marcantel’s plays include Everything is Wonderful, Airness, Ladyish, Devour, Tiny Houses, and The White Girl’s Guide to Joining ISIS. She is extremely interested in humans as small-group primates, and what happens when the value systems of our chosen groups cease to serve us. Marcantel reads a lot of books, watches a lot of documentaries, and listens to a lot of podcasts. She is an avid self-producer and an enthusiastic member of The Dramatists Guild. More information can be found at

Audience Advisory: This play contains strong language, adult content, strobe lighting and haze.
Age Recommendations: Ages 13+

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The Buzz about Airness

Airness has all the trappings for great entertainment.”
– Kate Burns,

“…amazing showmanship and talent, proving that air guitar can turn an ordinary person into something extraordinary.”
– Kate Burns,

Read the Full Review from Arts-Louisville

“This is hands down the most fun you will have at the theatre this year.”
–Eli Keel, Insider Louisville

“In addition to the artistic merits of the work, every single person on stage seemed to be having an unadulterated blast in the show…That kind of joy is infectious.” –Eli Keel, Insider Louisville

Read the Full Review from Insider Louisville


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