Indiegogo Campaign Launched for upcoming Shadows of Birds premiere

Glass Apple is excited to announce the start of a 60-day campaign to raise money for our production of Richard James Zieman & Joel Z. Cornfield’s new play, Shadows of Birds, which opens at The Edge at 5451 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640 with a special Tuesday night performance on September 3, 2019.  Tickets for the September 3rd-22nd regular run will go on sale July 15th.

Check out the video below and head over to Glass Apple Presents Shadows of Birds to make a donation!

Glass Apple Announces Cast of The Shadows of Birds 


The Shadows of Birds, written by Richard James Zieman and Joel Z. Cornfield opens Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 at The Edge, 5451 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. Directed by Cheryl Snodgrass.



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