An Acting/Directing Showcase
Featuring Matt Bartholomew, Brandon Campbell, & Devi Reisenfeld
Directed by Corey Bradberry

Tuesday, October 23 & Wednesday, October 24 @ 8pm.
“The Cab” at Stage 773. 1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago.

Special Opening Performance Both Nights!
an excerpt from stage thriller
Three Stories Up
Written & Directed by Mackenzie Gordon

No pre-sales, $10 suggested donation at door. Seating is limited! Event will run approximately seventy minutes with no intermission.

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CHICAGO, IL | September 17, 2018 – THE LAKES, a one-act play by Daniel Glenn, will receive its Chicago premiere as an exclusive two-night-only acting/directing showcase at Stage 773’s “The Cab” on October 23 and 24, 2018.

Play Synopsis: With their marriage on the ropes, young couple John and Gladys Lake revert back to their six-year-old selves, hiring their child’s elementary school teacher to arrange a play date between them. If they can figure out what went wrong, maybe they can find a way forward together.

Presented by the Inertia Theatre Project, and directed by new Chicago transplant Corey Bradberry, the cast features Matt Bartholomew, Brandon Campbell, and Devi Reisenfeld. THE LAKES is the second collaboration between Glenn and Bradberry this year, who earlier this spring received an IDEA Capital grant to workshop another of Glenn’s plays in Atlanta.

“I am a major advocate for Daniel’s writing, his characters are always so hilarious and heart-wrenching because they’re so human,” says Bradberry. “Watching John and Gladys struggle to understand each other is so funny because anyone who’s ever been in a relationship has been a similar thing. At the same time, the Lakes have a struggle specific to them, and begs the audiences’ empathy as the couple tries to learn to love each other again.”

Opening for the play both evenings will be an excerpt from stage thriller Three Stories Up. The excerpt, written and directed by Mackenzie Gordon, follows a transit cop investigating the murder of her husband. The evening will run approximately seventy minutes with no intermission.

Tickets are available at the door, and admission is free of charge with a suggested $10 donation. Seating will be limited for this unique experience! Directions to Stage 773 and more information about the hosting venue can be found at its website.

Show Dates & Times:    Tuesday, October 23 @ 8pm     Wednesday, October 24 @ 8pm

What: THE LAKES by Daniel Glenn, an acting/directing showcase

Where: “The Cab” @ Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60657.

When: Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 24

Price: $10 suggested donation

Age Restrictions: none

Pre-reserve or Pre-purchase Tickets here: tickets at door only


About Inertia Theatre Project: the Inertia Theatre Project exists to foster momentum in original theatre programming for the Chicago theatre community, and to propel its artists to new levels of creativity.

Hearing a first read-through with the cast.
Hearing a first read-through with the cast.



Matt Bartholomew (Mr. Hetherington) is an Otterbein College graduate. His most recent roles have been with Oil Lamp Theater, Raven Theater, and BoomTroop (edu-tainmement).

Corey Bradberry (Director, Producer) is an award winning, Chicago-based stage director committed to clear, efficient, and compelling storytelling. Corey holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in stage directing from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre & Performance Studies from Kennesaw State University, and additional training from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and the Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop + Directing Intensive. He is also a seasoned producer, stage manager, performer, dramaturg, playwright, and arts educator, holding teaching positions with the Alliance Theatre, Swift School, Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, Atlanta Children’s Theatre, University of Southern Mississippi, and Kennesaw State University. Corey was awarded a National Directing Fellowship through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and is the recipient of the 2013 Emerging Artist Award (Theatre) from the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

Brandon Campbell (John Lake) is originally from Hattiesburg, Mississippi where he received his B.F.A. in Theatre Performance at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has now moved to Chicago to further pursue his theatrical career. Past favorite roles include Cornelius in The Matchmaker, Heck Tate in To Kill a Mockingbird, and Baz in A Bright Room Called Day. Last year, Brandon made his Chicago stage debut with Theatre Faction’s production of One Thousand Words, a new musical, as young Warren. He was recently a townsperson in the electric crowd scene at the Goodman’s production of An Enemy of the People and the Barber in MadKap’s production of Man of La Mancha.

Daniel Glenn (Playwright) is an educator and theater artist who received his MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College, where he won The Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Playwriting. He received his bachelor’s in Dramatic Literature summa cum laude from NYU. He has been produced by or performed at La MaMa, Dixon Place, The Brick, American Dance Institute, Theatre Row, Pan Asian Rep, FringeNYC, Theatre for the New City, and The New Ohio, among other venues. His musical swingset/moon (co-written with Alex Gemignani) was a finalist for residency at the O’Neill, and received a workshop at Texas State University. His play Romeo and Juliet Revised is available from YouthPLAYS.

Devi Reisenfeld (Gladys Lake) is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. Devi recently moved to Chicago after completing her M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi where she focused on Michael Lugering’s work, Sanford Meisner’s technique, and Arthur Lessac’s practice for which she received a Certified Practitioner qualification as well as certifications in both small sword and unarmed combat through Dueling Arts International. Prior to grad school, she received her B.F.A. in Acting from Northern Kentucky University. Most recently, Devi was seen in the Chicago area in The Mystery of Edwin Drood as Edwin Drood (Edge of the Wood Theatre) and Fermina in Man of La Mancha (MadKap Productions). Favorite past credits include Violet (Violet), Moby Dick—Rehearsed (Captain Ahab), Picnic (Madge Owens), Spring Awakening (Anna), 42nd Street (“Anytime” Annie), The Royal Gambit (Anna of Cleves), Nunsense (Sr. Robert Anne), and Sylvia (Sylvia).


Mackenzie Gordon (Three Stories Up Director, Playwright / Gunnar) has just moved to Chicago from Vancouver where he worked as a professional theatre artist for the last ten years. Three Stories Up was produced in Vancouver by Alley Theatre and Level-Headed Friends Productions. Among Gordon’s other professionally produced plays are Six Fine Lines (a one-person lyric essay), Debts (a horror promenade mash-up of Edgar Allan Poe and 80s slasher flicks), and The Ballad of the Burning Lady (a sound-scaped Western kangaroo court). His acting and directing credits include Bard on the Beach, Arts Club Theatre Company, and Green Thumb Theatre. He’s been nominated for Four Jessie Richardson Awards, two for acting and two for innovation. More at, @mackgord on twitter, and @mackgordonsfamilyfeud on instagram.

Sarah Razmann (Beatrice) is thrilled to be performing with Mackenzie. Her past five years in Chicago have included working with such companies as Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, The House Theatre of Chicago, Drury Lane, Route 66 Theatre Co, and Strange Tree Theatre and Theater Wit. Regionally she’s performed with Asolo Rep and Notre Dame Shakespeare, and can be seen on last season’s Chicago PD. Many thanks to her agents at Grossman and Jack.

SEEKING: Chicago theatre producers

We’re putting together a team of producers able to support each others’ work. Interested in joining? Seeking Associate Producers with interests in:

  • outreach (networking, social media, event list sign-ups)
  • fundraising (sponsors, small or in-kind donations)
  • audience engagement (filling seats), and
  • production maintenance (securing rehearsal spaces, running non-show details night-of).

All self-starters who love making theatre happen are encouraged to apply!

To Apply: send a resume with any/all applicable producing experience with a short email introduction to subject line “Associate Producers”.