Vernal & Sere Theatre The Glass Essay

  • March 1 - 17, 2024
  • Windmill Arts

    2823 Church Street
    Atlanta, Georgia 30344
Ticket Price $20.00-$55.00 This event is now over




based on the poem by

Anne Carson

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 features: Kate Brown, Kayli Keppel, Erin O'Connor, Lindsey Sharpless, and Mustapha Slack.

Directed and Adapted by: Sawyer Estes
Movement Direction, Choreography, Assistant Director: Erin Boswell
Scenic Design, Animation Design: Josh Oberlander
Scenic Construction: Monty Wilson and Alex Ray
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
Sound Engineer and Recording Engineer: Mitch Butler
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

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.

120 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.

Keeping theatre accessible and sustainable is a difficult balance to strike. To achieve that end, we are proud to offer a sliding scale ticket model for our production of The Glass Essay.

Less-If-You-Need is general admission.


More-If-You-Want is general admission which is more reflective of the true costs of production and helps us meet those expenses while maintaining the lower priced option for the majority of our audience who need it.


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.


We also offer $20 industry night tickets on Mondays.

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.

Purchased tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged within 24 hours before the performance.





Date & Time

Mar 1 - 17, 2024

Venue Details

Windmill Arts

2823 Church Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30344 Windmill Arts
Vernal & Sere Theatre


Vernal & Sere Theatre is an ensemble-based company driven by the desire to create imaginative, difficult theatre that addresses current issues and traditional modes of interpretation through performance that experiments with language and movement while reaching for the sublime, the profane, and the outright ambiguous.


We are drawn to work both classical and new that straddles the line between vernal and sere, fertility and barrenness, sacred and profane, happiness and grief. We ask our audiences to plunge headfirst into the void between such polarities and then reorient themselves to the difficult reality of being. It is our firm belief that such an act expands thought, deepens empathy, and reinvigorates one to life. Our audience’s willingness to brave this potentially treacherous journey makes our work possible. In fact, we live for the deep, profound relationships that we build with audiences at our shows: it is the most life affirming thing that we do.

Vernal & Sere is proud to be included as a company in residence at Windmill Arts.

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