by Chelsea Marcantel
January 26 - February 12, 2023
Directed by Molly Rhode


Tickets for the ASL interpreted performance on Saturday 2/11 at 2pm available HERE

CONTENT ADVISORY: This production contains a healthy dose of profanity, and features rock n' roll effects like haze and strobe lighting.


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 national 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 Nina’s quest to shred or be shredded, Airness is an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already inside us.

“The most fun you will have at the theater this year … to call this play a ‘crowd pleaser’ is a drastic understatement.”
– Insider Louisville


Featuring James Carrington, Josh Krause, Ashley Oviedo, Joe Picchetti, Jess Schuknecht, Nadja Simmonds, and Marcus Truschinski

Scenic Designer: Neil Mills
Lighting Designer: Greg Hofmann
Costume Designer: Shannon Heibler
Sound Designer/Composer: Joe Cerqua
Props Master: Pam Miles
Technical Director: Kevin Zimmer
Stage Manager: Shawn Galligan
Asst. Director: Doug Clemons
Asst. Stage Manager: Abbi Hess


"The beautiful thing about air guitar is everyone has one. YOU'RE BORN WITH IT."
- Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard

Have you ever "strummed" along to your favorite song? Then you have played air guitar! But achieving "Airness" requires something extra. Check out this introductory video that explains the magic and teaches some killer moves. Remember - everything you need to rock is already inside you...


Preview: 'Forward Theater Co. achieves ‘Airness’ in upcoming production
- By Aaron R. Conklin | Madison Magazine

Essay: Learning How to Play: Forward Theater takes on competitive air guitar
- By Mike Fischer | Madison365


Artistic Associate Marcella Kearns explores the world, themes and inner-workings of this Wisconsin premiere, with an inside look at our production design and creative process.

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Sybil & Maurice Better