November 8 - 30, 2019
Chelsea Marcantel
Christina A. Coakley
Jessica Redish


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.  A hit at the 2017 Humana Festival, AIRNESS is a comedy about competition, completion, and finding the airness inside yourself.

AIRNESS is co-produced with 1st Stage of Tysons, VA

Sponsored by
Woolchester Keebler, Gail & Peter Hansen, Alison & Bernie Sheahan, Han Solo

The Washington Post Review

“In the company’s entertaining presentation of Chelsea Marcantel’s play Airness, co-produced with 1st Stage, characters infuse their competitive air-guitar performances with heartfelt exuberance, frequently smashing their imaginary instruments on the floor in a climactic frenzy.”

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DCist Review

“Chelsea Marcantel’s Airness, now playing at Keegan and co-produced with 1st Stage in Tysons, is like going to the best possible combination of a rock concert, comedy show, and theater performance. “

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DC Metro Theater Arts Review

“An incredibly talented cast and inspired design team have created a rock-your-world theatrical experience that’s as feel-good as a concert by your favorite rockstars — with an all-access pass to their dramas off-stage.”

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Broadway World Review

Airness is sure to put a smile on your face and get you clapping and perhaps tapping your feet….Keegan’s production in conjunction with 1st Stage is a whole lot of rockin’ fun!”

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DC Theatre Scene Arts Review

“Director Christina A. Coakley and choreographer Jessica Redish coax nuanced, energetic, and charming performances out of the cast… Airness will have you cheering, booing, and jumping out of seat right along with its wildly talented cast.”

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The Nina
Billie Krishawn
Cannibal Queen
Dani Stoller*
D Vicious
Drew Kopas*
Shreddy Eddy
Harrison Smith
Chris Stezin
Golden Thunder
Gary L. Perkins III
Forrest A. “The Fahking Rockr” Hainline IV

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.

Production Team
Christina A. Coakley
Jessica Redish^
Stage Manager
Amanda Horne
Lighting Designer
John D. Alexander
Projections Designer
Nitsan Scharf
Sound Designer
Kenny Neal
Costume Designer
Sydney Moore
Set Designer
Matthew J. Keenan
Properties / Set Dressing Designer
Cindy Landrum Jacobs
Deb Crerie
Air Guitar Consultant
Doug “The Thunder” Stroock
“There” Guitar Consultant
Jaime Ibacache
Assistant Director
Evin Howell
Assistant Stage Manager
Gabrielle Busch
Dramaturgy Intern
Julia Harris

^ The Choreographer is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.