A delay at JFK Airport, due to a terrorist threat, is the occasion for six disparate travelers to reveal their personal philosophies, unconscious coping mechanisms, darkest secrets, and theories about fundamentalism. Characters included an immigrant cab driver, an erudite art dealer, a corporate litigator, a sampling stealing DJ, a philosophy professor addicted to Lacanian analysis, and an Iraqi American who must face his conscience after perpetrating a terrorist act. Together, they shed light on the perpetually changing narratives we arrive at and depart from in trying to make sense of life’s ever changing present tense. In the perennial words of Walt Whitman, “this is the common air that bathes the globe.
The Common Air was developed in Los Angeles where it ran from January to May 2008. It transferred Off Broadway to the 45 Bleecker Street Theater where it ran from November 2009 to July 2010. It has since played at colleges and regional theaters.