Psst... did you hear? VERGE MAIN STAGE IS BACK, BABY!
We explored the virtual theater tech. We found a perfectly funny, uplifting play for these dark days. And we are now preparing to host our first main stage auditions for a virtual production of AIRNESS!
No more boring Zoom staged readings. No more wishing you were back in rehearsal. And absolutely ZERO mentions of Covid or pandemics or elections or transitions or anything that sucks. JUST THE GOOD STUFF, people.
Airness by Chelsea Marcantel, winner of the 2018 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award given by the American Theatre Critics Association, grants us access to the inner world of COMPETITIVE AIR GUITAR!
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.
The roles are for 4 males, 2 females. One male role must be a Black or Brown actor, and one male role must be a White actor, but otherwise casting is open to everyone, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, gender, identification, expression, socioeconomic level, experience... WE WANT YOU!
Director Alex Miller, who most recently directed The Flick for Verge, will hold virtual auditions on January 23rd. Details will follow.
If you'd like to read the play before now and then, let us know and we'll get you a copy. Alex is also assembling a team of behind-the-scenes crewmates (producer, stage manager, costumes, props and more) for work beginning immediately. Reach out if you're interested: email@example.com.
In the meantime, get psyched about this show! Audiences love Airness! But don't take our word for it:
“The most fun you will have at the theater this year … to call this play a 'crowd pleaser' is a drastic understatement.” – Insider Louisville
“Unmitigated pleasure… filled with dignity and delight.” – Chicago Reader
“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.” – Santa Barbara Independent
“An all-out comedy that’s fricking funny, hella heartfelt, and badass brilliant.” — DC Metro
“Airness stays with the viewer after the last guitar chord has faded because of the way its complex layers ask the question ‘what is real?’ when it comes to families, groups, and societies.” — HowlRound
Can't wait to get the Verge
band back together again!