Brace for fun in Source Festival’s new plays | The Washington Post

Brace for fun in Source Festival’s new plays | The Washington Post

Highlights include “This Is the Big One,” Chelsea Marcantel’s artful portrait of six people who experience a roller coaster in drastically different ways.

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CATF Interview with Playwright Chelsea Marcantel | CATF.org

CATF Interview with Playwright Chelsea Marcantel | CATF.org

Interview with Chelsea Marcantel || Researched, interviewed and edited by Sharon J. Anderson, CATF Trustee/Professional Story Listener

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A new $29 million theater complex is opening in midtown. Here are the first plays you’ll see there | Sacramento Bee

A new $29 million theater complex is opening in midtown. Here are the first plays you’ll see there | Sacramento Bee

B Street Theatre’s first season in its new $29 million midtown home will feature a mix of contemporary theater and classic children’s titles. AIRNESS will be part of the 2018 B Street season.

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B Street Theatre Announces 2018 season | American Theatre

B Street Theatre Announces 2018 season | American Theatre

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.: B Street Theatre has announced its 2018 season, the company’s first in its new space, the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, which will open in February 2018. The season will include AIRNESS.

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Contemporary American Theater Festival Announces 2017 Company | Broadway World

Contemporary American Theater Festival Announces 2017 Company | Broadway World

The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) at Shepherd University announces their 130-member company for the 2017 season.

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Competitive Air Guitar on Stage at Humana | HowlRound

Competitive Air Guitar on Stage at Humana | HowlRound

What comes in to replace religion and traditional small town communities may look a lot like the family seen in Airness. Hopefully more writers will present those families with Marcantel’s level of sincerity, attention to detail, and love.

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Seeing tomorrow’s subscription season today at Louisville’s Humana Festival | Chicago Reader

Seeing tomorrow’s subscription season today at Louisville’s Humana Festival | Chicago Reader

The seedbed for new plays has a winner in Chelsea Marcantel’s Airness. The beating heart of the piece is the tiny counterculture inhabited by her oddball peers—a band of losers with exalted noms-de-air like Golden Thunder, Shreddy Eddy, Facebender, and Cannibal Queen.

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The Inexplicable Dumb Show Podcast | The Humana Festival

The Inexplicable Dumb Show Podcast | The Humana Festival

Director Meredith McDonough and I were interviewed about AIRNESS for THE INEXPLICABLE DUMB SHOW podcast.

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Humana Theater Festival Report | Santa Barbara Independent

Humana Theater Festival Report | Santa Barbara Independent

If you are looking for an amazing piece of theatre that will get you on your feet tapping, wailing and clapping in mid-air – while also moving you to reflect on and care for yourself – look no further; this bad boy is for you.

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Offscript Podcast: David J. Loehr’s Trip to the Humana Festival | American Theatre

Offscript Podcast: David J. Loehr’s Trip to the Humana Festival | American Theatre

Every other week, the editors of American Theatre curate a free-ranging discussion about the lively arts in our Offscript podcast. The segment includes interviews with ATL artistic director Les Waters and playwright Chelsea Marcantel about her play Airness, about the wild world of air guitar competitions.

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Standouts at Louisville’s Humana Festival | Cincinnati City Beat

Standouts at Louisville’s Humana Festival | Cincinnati City Beat

Chelsea Marcantel’s ‘Airness’ crafted a set of characters with grand personas and gave them very human backstories, while Molly Smith Metzler’s ‘Cry It Out’ poignantly portrayed a pair of very different new-neighbor moms.

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Air guitar battles, bonding mothers, and more from Humana Festival | Indianapolis Business Journal

Air guitar battles, bonding mothers, and more from Humana Festival | Indianapolis Business Journal

“Airness,” by Chelsea Marcantel, concerns six misfits who, in competing in air guitar competitions, celebrate their individuality and the joy of music while realizing the need for connectivity. With a funny and appropriately music-minutia-laced script, the play never condescends and, in this production, proved to be the most smile-inducing play I’ve seen in quite a while.

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Review: ‘AIRNESS’ Finds The Sublime In The Ridiculous | WFPL.org

Review: ‘AIRNESS’ Finds The Sublime In The Ridiculous | WFPL.org

Marcantel, along with director Meredith McDonough and a talented acting company, takes the surface ridiculousness of air guitar and embraces it, amplifies it, and then reveals the yearning, magic, and — yes — artistry beneath the veneer.

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How the play ‘Airness’ and meeting Lt. Facemelter led to an epic air guitar weekend | Leo Weekly

How the play ‘Airness’ and meeting Lt. Facemelter led to an epic air guitar weekend | Leo Weekly

This play stuck in my gut. It was like an ax in my soul, and around its sharpened edges, something was escaping: the need to rock.

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The Humana Festival of New American Plays is thoughtful and superb | LEO Weekly

The Humana Festival of New American Plays is thoughtful and superb | LEO Weekly

Chelsea Marcantel’s “Airness,” directed by Meredith McDonough, is, in a word, dazzling. This may be the most talked-about production of this year’s Humana Festival. It’s a fun, colorful romp set in the world of high-level, air guitar competitions. If you want to see this one, act fast.

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