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Find your inner shred … Del Mar Drama presents Chantal Marcantel’s air guitar comedy, “Airness”

Tickets available online for two-weekend run that begins April 7

Article by Rosa Linda Reynoso

Where do rock fanatics go to express their inner shred genius? They’re found in shabby bars and cramped stages across the nation as they compete for a place at the National Air Guitar Championship! So, when Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy.

However, as Nina 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.

Follow Nina’s mission to shred or be shredded during Del Mar Drama’s production of Chantal Marcantel’s “Airness,” a comedy about competition, completion and finding the “airness” inside yourself.  “Airness” performances run two weekends, April 7-8 and April 13-15 in Bartlett Theatre.

This production is rated PG-13 due to some mature content and language. Attendees can also expect smoke and strobe lighting effects.    

Tickets are $10 general admission; $6 for seniors, military and DMC employees; and $3 for DMC students with a valid ID. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. with the Drama Box Office opening one hour prior to each performance with in-person day-of-show tickets available.  Advance tickets are available online at Ludus - Del Mar Drama. Bartlett Theatre is located in the Fine Arts Center on Del Mar College’s Heritage Campus on Ayers Street (78404), get directions and campus map

For more information, contact Del Mar Drama at 361-698-1216 or drama@delmar.edu.

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April 13 is Student Appreciation Night with free admission to the performance for students with a valid ID from Del Mar College, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and the Corpus Christi Independent School District or from any area school district. Students need to redeem their ticket in-person at the Bartlett Theatre Box Office beginning one hour before the 7:30 p.m. performance start time. Note: seating is limited due to the intimacy of Bartlett Theatre.

Following rock fanatics on their way to achieve ‘airness’ on the long road to qualification, this smile-inducing comedy shows how community is faked in unexpected places. During Marcantel’s “Airness,” guitarist Nina enters the scene with the confidence that she’ll take over the air guitar competition. She finds out otherwise.

After a catastrophic initial performance, Nina is taken in by a group of friends comprised of the idealistic Golden Thunder; Facebender, who boasts a ratty wig and a vocabulary straight out of a Renaissance faire; Shreddy Eddy, an angry young man who becomes Nina’s formal tutor; and Cannibal Queen, one of the few women on track whose techniques are faultless. Nina quickly starts down the path to becoming The Nina.

But, Nina’s antipathy toward Cannibal Queen and her obsession with the continuously absent D Vicious, the reigning national champion who is riding high on his internet notoriety from a recent Sprite commercial, contradicts a concealed motive. So, will Nina be able to let go and set herself free onstage?

Don’t miss Del Mar Drama’s enjoyable production of “Airness” and find your own inner shred. Get your tickets now and be reminded that everything we need to rock is already inside us!



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Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.