Pegasus Theatre Chicago

where epic stories take flight

2018-19 Season

Pegasus Theatre Chicago’s 2018-19 season offers productions that explore women’s worth beginning with Eclipsed,written by Danai Gurira and directed by Producing Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan and followed by the 32nd Young Playwrights Festival.  Produced in association with Chicago Dramatists, the season responds to #MeToo and the tendency to relegate women of color’s issues to an afterthought. Pegasus also plans to host its annual MUSE programming during the season as post-show discussions and readings of works by and about women’s unheard voices. All programs take place at Pegasus’s resident home Chicago Dramatists, 773 N. Aberdeen.

ECLIPSED

by Danai Gurira | October 4-November 4th | Chicago Dramatists

Set in the midst of the Second Liberian Civil War, Danai Gurira’s play follows the captive ‘wives’ of a Commanding Officer in the rebel army. A teen girl has recently arrived and the wives protect and care for her in the dilapidated, one-bedroom shack the women share. Just as the new girl begins to adjust to life at the compound, their fragile sisterhood is thrown off balance when a wife returns from the battlefield, after having escaped the army camp to fight as soldier in the resistance. Struck by the realization that she may not have to resign herself to the grim reality of life in the compound, The Girl must choose whether to stay with the women who have done so much for her, or to join the freedom fighter and chart her own destiny as a soldier. With deep emotional strength, brutal honesty, and a surprising amount of humor, the women of Eclipsed fight to do something truly extraordinary: survive.

32nd Annual Young Playwrights Festival

January 4-28, 2019 | Chicago Dramatists

The season continues with full production of winning plays from the annual playwriting competition for high-school-age scribes in Chicago. Three one-act plays will be showcased as part of Pegasus’ main stage season. The second oldest such festival in the country, this annual tradition regularly receives over 500 submissions from students throughout the area. From those, the winning playwrights are chosen to join with professional artists to workshop and stage their scripts.

Be sure to witness the amazing results and enjoy an evening of theater from tomorrow’s theater stars.

All Tickets: $18-30
Group and student pricing available!

2017-18 SEASON

PEGASUS THEATRE CHICAGO ANNOUNCES ITS 2017 – 2018 SEASON, “LEGACIES”

Pegasus Theatre Chicago’s 2017-18 Season offers productions that explore the Civil Rights era from a timeless story of a girl raised by a community of southern women after losing her mother to tragedy, to four new additions from local young playwrights, to a world premiere about a perilous journey from the south. This season honors America’s tumultuous and triumphant journeys while reminding us the lessons we still must learn.

Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery

by Shay Youngblood | November 8-December 10th | Chicago Dramatists

Youngblood’s story of a young black girl’s coming of age during the turbulent 1960s \ kicks off the season. “Daughter,” shares being raised in the south by a community of women after losing her mother as a child. She then becomes a child again as the women embody her memories of growing up–recalling the rituals, the faith healings, the stories told and the lessons about survival, healing, deep faith and mystery. Pegasus Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan originally directed this hit play nearly two decades ago at Chicago Theater Company. The Chicago Tribune said, “…even though the backdrop of racism is omnipresent, this is an optimistic play that celebrates the power of the human spirit.”

31st Annual Young Playwrights Festival

January 4-28, 2018 | Chicago Dramatists

The season continues with full production of winning plays from the annual playwriting competition for high-school-age scribes in Chicago. Four one-act plays will be showcased as part of Pegasus’ main stage season. The second oldest such festival in the country, this annual tradition regularly receives over 500 submissions from students throughout the area. From those, the winning playwrights are chosen to join with professional artists to workshop and stage their scripts.

This year’s Young Playwrights Festival includes:

Bullet With Butterfly Wings, student playwright: Maday Favela, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, teacher: Elizabeth Danesh

Monster, student playwright: Mairi Glynn, Von Steuben High School, teacher: Margaret Sullivan

Decision Day, student playwright: Abigail Henkin, Lane Tech College Prep, teacher: Brian Telles

Pencils and Pens, student playwright: Aaron Powdermaker, Lane Tech College Prep, teacher: Kirsten Hanson.

Be sure to witness the amazing results and enjoy an evening of theater from tomorrow’s theater stars.

The Green Book

By Calvin A. Ramsey | March 1-April 1, 2018 | Chicago Dramatists
A co-production with ShPIeL Performing Identity

Written by the award-winning co-author of “Ruth and the Green Book,” the play is an homage to the historical travel book and centers on the Davis’, an African-American family who open their home to black travelers in the south during Jim Crow/segregation and activism. The play is also an investigation of the impact of civil rights on contemporary American issues. Inspired by Victor Hugo Green’s historical “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” the setting takes place during a weekend when the Davis’ are celebrating the arrival of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois for a lecture. The appearance of a white visitor, who turns out to be a Jewish Holocaust survivor, sets off a chain of events that shows that racism and anti-Semitism cannot be ignored.

All Tickets: $18-30
Group and student pricing available!

MUSE 2017

Femmes Noires de la Resistance | July 13-23, 2017 | Chicago Dramatists

Rounding out its 2017 season, Pegasus Theatre celebrates new works, new artists and new voices with its annual series of theatrical readings, panels and performances featuring female artists intersecting ideas, visions, and artistic excellence.

This year’s MUSE,  Femmes Noires de la Resistance, focuses on black women holding their own power.  Hosted by curator and spoken word artist Nikki Patin, MUSE  will feature storytelling duo In The Spirit, spoken word artists Surviving The Mic and HerStory, as well as musician L11, Khala Elizabeth, and theatrical performances by 3Arts Awardee Candace Hunter, Quenna Barrett, Tasia Jones, and excerpts from the plays of Marsha Estell, Loy Webb and Kendeda Winner Tsehaye Hébert!

Click here for MUSE 2017 schedule and artist information.

Tickets: $10 per performance
Individual Tickets available here; Get Festival Pass here

 

Sunday in the Park with Harry

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH HARRY,  a fun/friend-raiser for Pegasus Theatre
Chicago, is in Wicker Park on Sunday, May 21st.  Long-time friend Harry Lennix (Star of NBC’s THE BLACKLIST) hosts the event, and will play piano and share stories about his career in film, theatre and television.

Harry Lennix is an accomplished film, television and stage actor who was born and raised in Chicago, IL’s South Shore neighborhood. Having performed with Pegasus in his early career (e.g., Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Kiss of the Spiderwpman), Harry is widely-regarded as one of the hardest working men in Hollywood. At 6’4”, he is known for his commanding stature, baritone voice, diligent work ethic and multiple talents.

His prolific film and television career includes recent roles in “Man of Steel” and NBC’s upcoming drama, “The Blacklist”.  He has also had leading roles in  “Ray”, “The Matrix: Reloaded”, “The Matrix: Revolutions”, “Barbershop 2”, “Love and Basketball” , “The Human Stain” and  “State of Play.” His television career includes roles in the Golden Globe nominated ABC television show “Commander in Chief”, the FOX hit series “24”, ER” , “Diagnosis Murder and the FOX series “Dollhouse”.

In addition to his distinguished film and television career, Harry has also starred in, or directed, staged productions across the country. In fact, in 2001, he was part of the first American company to be invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company in the production of “Cymbeline”. Harry made his Broadway debut in 2007 as the lead character in August Wilson’s final play, “Radio Golf”, which was nominated for a Tony Award.

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH HARRY will be at PICANTE in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood:

 

SUNDAY, MAY 21st 6:00 – 8:30PM
PICANTE RESTAURANT
2018 W. DIVISION

$50 – includes Food & Entertainment!

Pegasus Theatre Chicago is a professional producing theatre company, founded over 37 years ago. The theatre has received 77 Jeff Awards, numerous nominations and the only theatre to receive a Human Relations Award for its community programs. Pegasus Theatre produces main-stage plays; a new works series, the Young Playwrights Festival and engagement programs. During 2016-17, the theatre’s world premiere of RUTHERFORD’S TRAVELS was recently Jeff Nominated, and along with the 30th YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL production, received critical acclaim! Our accomplishments cannot happen without you!

Please support Pegasus’ 2017-18 season to include the 31st Young Playwrights Festival, and a co-production of THE GREEN BOOK with Schpiel Theatre by purchasing your ticket to SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH HARRY.

Please click the link below to get your $50 tickets.  If you are unable to attend, a donation would be appreciated!

RSVP

Pegasus 2016-17 Season

Pegasus Theatre Chicago’s 2016-17 Season offers productions that range from an exciting adaptation of a beloved novel about a young man who reverse migrates and embarks on a journey of discovery, to four new additions from local young playwrights, to a new work about a perilous journey from the south. This season promises to honor the epic journey in us all.

Rutherford’s Travels

November 2-December 4th | Chicago Dramatists

This season Pegasus brings the world premiere adaptation of Charles Johnson’s  MIDDLE PASSAGE  to the stage. Told through Rutherford Calhoun’s 1830’s log entries, a newly freed Illinois youth seeks fortune in New Orleans. He soon stows away on an outbound rigger to escape debtors. But The Republic isn’t just any ship. It’s a slave ship and it’s headed to Africa.

Rutherford’s Travels connects to contemporary issues as the protagonist is an educated, but fatherless youth.  Though seeking independence, Calhoun gets trapped in gangster life. His journey aboard a slave ship forces him to confront history and his own inner demons.  This is a perfect show for book clubs, history lovers, maritime buffs, and adventure seekers of all ages.

30th Young Playwrights Festival

January 4-29, 2017 | Chicago Dramatists

The 2016-17 season continues with full production of winning plays from the annual playwriting competition for high-school-age scribes in Chicago. Four one-act plays will be hand-picked and showcased as part of Pegasus’ main stage season. The second oldest such festival in the country, this annual tradition regularly receives over 500 submissions from students throughout the area. From those, the winning playwrights are chosen to join with professional artists to workshop and stage their scripts. Be sure to witness the amazing results and enjoy an evening of theater from tomorrow’s theater stars. Group and student pricing available. Tickets are on sale now!

MUSE 2017

July 13-23, 2017 | Chicago Dramatists

Rounding out its 2017 season, Pegasus Theatre celebrates new works, new artists and new voices with its annual series of theatrical readings, panels and performances featuring female artists intersecting ideas, visions, and artistic excellence.

This year’s MUSE,  Femmes Noires de la Resistance, focuses on black women holding their own power.  MUSE 2017 will feature storytelling duo In The Spirit, spoken word artists Surviving The Mic and HerStory, as well as musician L11, and theatrical performances by Quenna Barrett, Tasia Jones, and excerpts from the plays of Marsha Estell, Loy Webb and Tsehaye Hébert. Pegasus will also present excerpts from the upcoming 2018 Season!

Tickets: $10 per performance; Festival Pass available.

 

Garden Party Fundraiser Event, A Success!

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)

Garden Party Fundraiser

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 RT_Graphic Only_Apr29newly 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.