The Common Air

Name: Theatres at 45 Bleecker/ Bleecker Street Theatre
Address: 45 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
Production Information
Number of performances: 83
First performance date: April 7, 2010
Opening date: April 14, 2010
Closing date: June 27, 2010
External Links: Official Website

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Production Description
The Common Air confronts the universal anxieties of air travel as six desperate men encounter a monumental airport delay. Planes are grounded. Rumors Fly. The reason is unknown and a spiraling game of “telephone” ensues in an effort to uncover the truth. The production spotlights technology’s depreciating effects on face to face humanity and the Iraq war’s myriad effects on American culture. The airport delay-- the common bond linking the characters-- is rumored to be a result of a terrorist conspiracy.

Performed by Alex Lyras, The Common Air features the characters of an Iraqi Cab Driver with a winning reality show idea, an art gallery owner seduced by ancient Greek cave art, a corporate attorney imparting rapid fire, ethically gray advice, a sample stealing DJ named PJ, a sinister philosophy professor mixing logic and irrationality in a west Texas accent, and an Iraqi-American just returned from civil war in Baghdad.
Opening Night Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
45 Bleecker Street Producer
Alex Lyras Playwright
Robert McCaskill Playwright
Ken Rich Original Music
Robert McCaskill Director
Louis S. Salamone Creative Director
Casey Smith Set Designer
Debra Sugerman Costume Designer
Perchik Kreiman-Miller Lighting Designer
Ken Rich Sound Designer
CESA Entertainment, Inc. General Manager
Gretchen Margaroli Associate General Manager
Marci Skolnick Production Coordinator
Robert Easton Dialect Coach
Munda Razooki Dialect Coach
The Pekoe Group Marketing

Actor Role
Alex Lyras Solo Performer