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The Glass Essay

March 01  - March 17, 2024

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In this word-for-word stage adaptation of Anne Carson's seminal poem, a woman returns home to her cloistered mother following a devastating romantic breakup, carrying with her a stack of books on the life and work of Emily Brontë. Through razor-sharp examination of Brontë and extended, lyrical meditations upon the loss of love, the play asks what it might feel like to be truly alive and attempts, by some approximation, to capture it.


Vernal & Sere Theatre is proud to return to Windmill Arts to continue its residency and celebrate its tenth(!!!) production as a company with this inventive, boundary-pushing adaptation of a masterwork by Anne Carson. Conceived and directed by founding company member Sawyer Estes, The Glass Essay utilizes the mediums of naturalist theatre, modern dance, poetry, lecture, photography, and film to investigate what it means to be broken and how one might come into a kind of repair.

The Glass Essay opens March 1st.

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The Glass Essay features an incredible cast of new and returning ensemble members: Kate Brown, Kayli Keppel, Erin O'Connor, Lindsey Sharpless, and Mustapha Slack.

Directed and Adapted by: Sawyer Estes
Movement + Intimacy Direction, Choreography, Vocal Coach: Erin Boswell
Scenic Design, Animation Design: Josh Oberlander
Scenic Construction: Monty Wilson

Scenic Painter: Colin Russell / Ghost Town @ghosttown.ATL
Lighting Design: Lindsey Sharpless
Costume Design, Photography Director: Erin O'Connor
Costume Specialists and Technicians: Julia Pistsova and Kaelin Roach
Projection Design and Video Editing: Matthew Shively
Photography and Videography: Haley James
Sound Design: Chandler Anderson
Original Song by: Kate Brown
SFX Design and Props Master: Kathrine Barnes
Creative Consultant: Pascal Portney
Producers: Kathrine Barnes, Erin Boswell, Sawyer Estes, Kate Jones, Erin O'Connor, and Lindsey Sharpless
Board of Directors: Sara Frinak, Katie Levitt Greene, Jeff Rainey, Howard Wall, Kimberly Wall,
Kacie Willis, Cassandra Worthy, and Scott Wright

Production Information

This production utilizes strobe lights and projection which might cause motion sickness.

This play includes themes and elements that may be difficult, including: grief and loss, eating
disorder, suicidal ideation, vomiting, violent imagery, simulated consensual sexual acts, and partial nudity.
For more information, please contact us directly at and we will be
happy to discuss the show in further detail with you.

This one is turning into a doozy: 140 minutes with one intermission.

We've had many people ask how they can do and give more in support of our work, our
livelihoods, and keep the cost of tickets affordable to all regardless of income. Keeping theatre accessible and sustainable is a core value of ours as well. To achieve that end, we are proud to offer a sliding scale ticket model for our production of The Glass Essay. 
Limited quantities for each price point are available. Please choose the option which best
reflects your need. We believe in a kind of pay-what-you-can ticketing model and are intent on working towards this within the Atlanta theatre scene.

If you are experiencing financial hardship and cannot meet these costs, don't let this prevent
you from seeing the show. Email us at and we will be happy to
work through your situation.

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