Pegasus Theatre Chicago extends a warm thank you to the guests who attended the June 11th Garden Party! It was great celebrating Evanston native Dr. Charles Johnson, our upcoming world premiere of Rutherford’s Travels, engaging in laughter-filled conversation, enjoying great food and listening to the magical music by Shanta Nurullah and Zahra Baker.
Very special thanks to our hosts Roger Brown and Gaylon Emerzian (who’s gumbo and bread pudding was a huge hit), as well as Advisory Board members Tsehaye Hébert and Kevin Roberts. Volunteers Davida Cole, Kate Royal and Joel were outstanding. Our supporters are what make us successful! (Photo Credit: Crystal Wiley-Brown Photography)
Host and chef Gaylon Emerzian chats with Dino Robinson
Garden Party Guests support Rutherford’s Travels
Host Roger Brown
Diane Gordon, board member Mike Radzilowsky, author Charles Johnson, William Hayashi
Toi Houston chats with Marianne Forrest
Zahra Baker plays frame drum
Musicians Shanta and Zahra
Board Member and co-adapter David Barr, III
David Barr’s addresses guest
Ilesa enthuses about Rutherford
Sarah Mostad, Tsehaye Hebert, Guest and Marsha Estell
Shanta plays the Sitar
Abdul Hakeem, Allie Stephens & Dino Robinson
Shanta and Zahra entertain
Guests enjoy Gumbo
Marianne Forrest chats with author Charles Johnson
Board Member Gerry Messler and Guest enjoy Gumbo
Toi Houston and Marianne Forrest
Join Pegasus Theatre for a Garden Party Fundraiser for our upcoming world premiere of Rutherford’s Travels (adapted from MacArthur Fellow Charles Johnson’s award-winning novel Middle Passage), Saturday, June 11th from 6:00 – 8:00PM in Evanston, IL. Get the link to the event when you purchase your ticket.
This riveting tale, set in 1830 and told through Rutherford’s journal, follows the newly freed Illinois youth who has migrated south to New Orleans seeking fortune. In an attempt to escape debtors and avoid marriage, he stows away on an outbound rigger. But The Republic is not just any ship. It is a slave ship—and it’s headed to Africa. Of Middle Passage, the Chicago Tribune said, “Long after we’d stopped believing in the great American novel, along comes a spellbinding adventure story that may be just that.”
Your donation supports the world premiere production set for November 2-December 4th!
How your donation will make a difference:
- $100 will support the production team
- $500 will support costumes and props
- $1,000 ensures we can build amazing scenic and sound experiences
- $5,000 will allow us to hire AEA (union) actors!
Click the link below to RSVP via electronic payment, call 773.878.8864 to pay via phone, or mail your check by June 8th to: Pegasus Theatre Chicago, 1105 W. Chicago Avenue, Ste. 202, Chicago, IL 60642.
Pegasus and special guest Dr. Charles Johnson look forward to seeing you at the June 11th Garden Party.