April 14, 2019 – Glass Apple Theatre is announcing upcoming auditions for their world premiere of The Shadows of Birds by Richard J. Zieman and Joel Z Cornfield

Auditions will be held on SATURDAY MAY 18, 2019, at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 from 10am – 5pm.

Auditions can be reserved by following the link to:


Cheryl Snodgrass, director

Brian McKnight, artistic director/producer


Just out of rehab, NICOLE tries to reconcile with her mother BARBARA, on the occasion of Barbara’s retirement.  Years of estrangement, regret and acrimony complicate their tempestuous relationship, and the sudden death of Nicole’s rehab counselor threatens to undo all the progress she’s made.  Set in the present day.


All ethnicities and gender identities are strongly encouraged to audition. Non-Equity auditions will be held Saturday May 18, 2019 at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657.


One contemporary monologue.  Can be comedic or dramatic. Not to exceed two minutes.

At least one side will also be emailed after confirmation of audition time.

Bring one copy of your headshot and resume.


Stipend is $600.


Rehearsals will begin Saturday July 27th, 2019.  Rehearsals will be Mon-Thurs 6:30-10pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm.  Rehearsals will take place at Raven Theatre, 6157 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660


All performances will be at The Edge, 5451 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

Load in/Tech begins Monday August 26, 2019.

Opening Night is Tuesday September 3, 2019

Performances are Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sundays 2pm

Closing is Sunday September 22, 2019


NICOLE:  female identifying, late 20’s, recovering addict

BARBARA:  female identifying, late 50’s, early 60’s, NICOLE and KYLE’S mother, retiring from her job at a big box store

KYLE:  male identifying, 30-something, fireman, NICOLE’S brother, BARBARA’S eldest child

JENNIFER:  female identifying, early 30’s, NICOLE’S substance abuse counselor at Hillside In-Patient Treatment Facility, nurturing and understanding

FAYTH:  female identifying, thirties, also an addiction counselor, friend of JENNIFER’S


Questions or concerns email artistic director Brian McKnight at






November 13, 2018 – Glass Apple Theatre, Ltd. Artistic Director Brian McKnight is announcing that Ally Wetz will be joining him as a permanent member of the Glass Apple team as its Production Manager.

Ally most recently served as Stage Manager for Glass Apple & Inglis Hall’s co-production of Edge of Life at The Athenaeum.

In addition to being Glass Apple’s Production Manager, Ally  is a Digital Media Analyst by day and a Stage Manager by night by way of Dayton, Ohio where she double majored in performance and technical theater at Sinclair Community College. Ally has been living in Chicago for 8 years, working with companies including Hell in a Handbag Productions, BareKnuckle Productions and The Jades among others. Ally’s most recent show before Edge of Life was The Chiraq Wall with Hot Shot Productions.



November 4, 2018 Edge of Life, Glass Apple Theatre’s first co-production with Inglis Hall closed triumphantly November 3.  Rated “Highly Recommended” by the Chicago Reader, the show played to nearly 350 patrons.  Glass Apple acted as the Executive Producer and Fiscal Sponsor of the show, a world premiere written by Joel Z. Cornfield.

  • Nighttime in Welles Memorial, Edge of Life ('18), Lauren S. Deaton, Simon Berdes






September 20, 2018 – Glass Apple Theatre is proud to be the fiscal sponsor of a brand-new play by Joel Z. Cornfield and produced in association with Inglis Hall Productions.

The new production, Edge of Life highlights the extremes with which society deals with the act of dying in its literal juxtaposition of Bill Erickson, whose cancer has progressed to the point that he has determined to end the ineffective chemotherapy which has made his existence a living hell against the elderly and essentially comatose Gertrude Hall. Bill, retaining his faculties, is able to speak for himself and must convince his family and physicians that further treatment is futile and that his choice to enter into hospice is the right one for him, while Gertrude, stuck in the purgatory of life support, must await an advocate who will speak truth for her.

Caught firmly in the middle between Bill, who happens to be his old football coach, his new love interest, Nurse Heather Jennings and the medical establishment, in the form of the intimidating and dogmatic Dr. Gus Clark, is surgeon Jake Forest as he struggles with his own cynicism in the aftermath of a difficult divorce, nascent alcoholism and the conflicting responsibilities of his job as opposed to his obligations as a physician.

Performances October 4th – November 3rd, 2018, are in Studio Three at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60657