• Woman jumping into air on stage, with a graphic of a guitar next to her


Written by Chelsea Marcantel
Directed by Eli Simon
Stephanie Bernardini, scenic design
Ashley Duncan, costume design
Rin Mizumoto, lighting design
Jeremiah Turner, sound design
Bri Westad, stage management


February 4 - 12, 2023

Claire Trevor 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? Whether you shred or are shredded, Airness is an exuberant comedy about competition, completion, building community and finding the “airness" inside yourself in order to heal your inner demons.

Generous support for this production is provided by the Robert and Lorna Cohen Endowment for Excellence in Drama, Theatre Guild, and Claire Trevor Society.

This event contains:

  • adult content - strong language - suggestive content
    • Recommended for ages teen and up
    • May not be suitable for children; use discretion
  • fog / haze
  • strobe / flashing lights

Evenings: Feb. 4, 9, 10, at 8 p.m.
Evening: Feb. 8, 11 at 7:30 p.m. (please note: the 11th has been changed from 8 to 7:30 p.m.)
Matinees: Feb. 5*, 12 at 2 p.m.

* Please join us for a TalkBack with cast & crew, after the 2:00 p.m. matinee performance on Sun., Feb. 5.

General admission: $19
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff: $16
Arts Packages: $15
UCI Students & Children under 17: $12



Sat., Feb. 11 at 10:00 p.m.

General admission: $15
UCI Alumni: $10
UCI Students: $10


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Performance Program

Saturday Feb 4, 2023, 8:00 pm
Sunday Feb 5, 2023, 2:00 pm
Wednesday Feb 8, 2023, 7:30 pm
Thursday Feb 9, 2023, 8:00 pm
Friday Feb 10, 2023, 8:00 pm
Saturday Feb 11, 2023, 7:30 pm
Sunday Feb 12, 2023, 2:00 pm