May 1st–July 13th
William Gibson’s one-woman tour de force examines the history of Israel through the eyes of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable world leaders, Golda Meir.
The critics have been raving about GOLDA:
“So smart, so good, so focused.” – Hedy Weiss, WTTW
“At Pegasus Players, “Golda’s Balcony” William Gibson’s fierce, probing portrait of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir can be seen and heard in all its complexity, clarity and tormented ambiguity thanks to a bravura performance by Janet Ulrich Brooks.” – Hedy Weiss, The Chicago SunTimes
“Brooks…is so focused, fervent, smart and acerbic, so utterly inside her character, that she makes you breathe with her for 90 high-pressure minutes.” – Hedy Weiss, The Chicago SunTimes
“…A cogent and seductively forceful production at Pegasus Players… Brooks’ accomplishment here is that she leaves no room for dissent.” – Nina Metz, The Chicago Tribune
“Brooks’ comedic timing and dramatic pacing is rock solid from start to finish. Her Golda is not afraid of a fight, not when survival is at stake.” – Lisa Buscani, New City Chicago
“Go and see GOLDA’S BALCONY. It’s first rate and merits full audiences.” – Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star
“Janet Ulrich Brooks, succeeds wonderfully in portraying Golda [Meir’s] complexity, toughness and vulnerability.” – Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star
“[GOLDA’S BALCONY] is a welcome reminder of the stuff Israel’s leaders have been made of, how they struggled, their determination and what has been required to build a state.” – Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star
“Highly Reccomended…Janet Ulrich Brooks is commanding.” – Albert Williams, Chicago Reader
“see the excellent Golda’s Balcony for what it really is: a show about the drive to survive at all costs and the guilt that comes with it. It’s also a gripping one-woman play centered on one of the 20th century’s toughest leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir” – Ruth Welte, Time Out Chicago
Alex Levy (Director/Artistic Director) has been with Pegasus for over nine years. In that time he has directed several productions including Black Caesar, Still Life, The Upper Room (winner of the Joseph Jefferson Citation for “Best New Work”), Broadway Bound (Jeff nominated for four citations including “Best Production” and winner of the After Dark Award for “Best Ensemble”), The One-Eyed Man is King, Kid Kuisine, An Evening with the Living Dead, Waking Up, Portrait of an Exile, Insert Title Here and Free Will. He has also directed several of the Young Playwrights Festival touring productions. Since joining Pegasus, the theatre has won ten Joseph Jefferson Citations, seven After Dark Awards, and Pegasus became the first arts organization to win The Chicago Community Trust’s “James Brown IV” award (which included a $50,000 grant) and the City of Chicago’s “Human Relations Award.” Alex has led Pegasus on international tours in 20 and 2002 through the Middle East sponsored by The United States State Department. He was chosen to serve on the Theatre Communications Group’s Literary Manager’s advisory panel in New York and to serve as entertainment coordinator by the alderman for the “Uptown Unity Festival.” He has also worked with Smoke and Mirrors, Chicago Dramatists, Theatre Building Chicago, Oakton College, Loyola University, The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C. and Geva Theatre in Rochester, N.Y.