Pegasus Theatre Chicago

where epic stories take flight

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

$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!


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

June-July 2017 | Chicago Dramatists

Rounding out its migration 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.

Tickets: $10 per performance; $25 Festival Pass.


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.

Pegasus 2016 Season



STAGED READINGS with Music | Adapted by David Barr, III and Ilesa Duncan

April 15 – 17 2016 Open Session, Readings & More!

Pegasus presents this sneak peak readings. A spellbinding tale based on the beloved book MIDDLE PASSAGE. Told through Rutherford Calhoun’s 1830s log entries, The newly freed Illinois youth has migrated south to New Orleans seeking fortune, where he 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!  From an open rehearsal on April 15, to a staged reading and discussion, there are several opportunities to engage!  Join us for a special reception where you can meet Dr. Charles Johnson, MacArthur Fellow & author of MIDDLE PASSAGE.  The adventure begins…

Get Reading Tickets Here:
Tickets: Regular $12 | Students $10

April 16, 6:00PM Special Event:
Reception with Dr. Charles Johnson, Author of MIDDLE PASSAGE, National Book Award Winner & MacArthur Genius
Click for Event Tickets $25-$300* – Includes the 7:30PM Reading
*Be A Production Donor:
$25 – Stowaway – Reception, Staged Reading
$50 – Shipmate -Above plus Name in Program
$75 – Deckhand – Above plus Advanced ticket to Fall Production
$100 – Boatswain – Above plus guest at a rehearsal in October 2016
$300 – Captain  – Above plus Private Event with Johnson, stage adaptors and cast


March 25–April 10 2016

Pegasus’ annual MUSE Festival features music, poetry, dance and discussion inspired by the Great Migration Centennial celebration.

CLASSIC BLACK: Southern Roots & Urban Migrations – Zahra Baker, Mwata Bowden, Shanta Nurullah and Avreeayl Ra. The group will share memories, stories and music connected to the Great Migration and life in Chicago.

QUEEN’S DOMAIN: Two nights of poetry, dance and music celebrating women of color. Curated and hosted by L11

DISCUSSION: Join us for two fascinating panels on history, legacy, diversity, and collaboration curated and moderated by playwright/producer Reginald Edmund and actor/educator Ashley Honoré!


September 30–November 1 2015 | by Nambi E. Kelley | directed by Ilesa Duncan | produced in association with The Goodman Theatre and Chicago Dramatists

Kelley’s new play is the story of one woman’s journey to unravel a history that she’s never been told. Through music, memory and magic, FOR HER AS A PIANO traces the lives of three generations of women, and how they are interconnected across time, space, and remembrance.

Nambi has penned plays for Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, and Court Theatre, American Blues, Lincoln Center in New York, and internationally. Most recently, her adaptation of Native Son was presented to critical acclaim at Court Theatre with American Blues Theatre (co-production) and was the highest grossing production in Court Theatre’s 60 year history. Native Son is also on the Kilroy’s List 2015, in the top 7 % of new plays by female and trans* authors nominated by literary managers, directors, and other artists polled across the country. Kelley recently returned to Singapore to perform in her co-adaptation of The Book of Living and Dying that was published in an anthology of plays in Singapore in 2014, and is working on several commissions with productions slated in 2016. Nambi is also a professional actress, most recently closing the critically acclaimed Two Trains Running at the Goodman Theatre, and has been seen on television in Person of Interest, Madam Secretary, Elementary, and Chicago PD. Nambi guest lectures at Lake Forest College, University of Illinois at Chicago, has a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College.


January 2016 | Chicago Dramatists

Pegasus Theatre’ will present the season production resulting from its annual playwriting competition for high-school-age scribes in Chicago. Three to four one-act plays will be hand-picked and showcased in a full production 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. Plays will be selected by September 2015.

Spring Muse Festival 2015

In the season of change and renewal, Pegasus Theatre warmly invites you to explore themes of Hope and Justice with Spring Muse, a theatrical trio of events featuring multidisciplinary female artists of color.

Tickets: $10 per performance; $25 Festival Pass;
Festival Pass plus Ghost Gardens only $40!

The Healer by Rachel DuBose | Directed by Jerrell L. Henderson
May 19th, 24th, 25th, and 26th at 7pm

Project Hope by HOPE 31:9 Theatre – May 20th and 27th at 7:30pm
Featuring actors Angela Alise, Kona Burks, Colleen Fee, Jennifer Glasse, Gail Hafar, & Mildred Langford.

Still I Rise May 21st and 28th at 9:30pm
Storytelling, dance, music, poetry, sketch, stand-up, and hip-hop. A different lineup with incredibly exciting feature acts each night!

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Ghost Gardens


by Steven Simoncic
directed by Ilesa Duncan
April 24–May 30, 2015

In a forgotten corner of Detroit where smoke stacks tower over industrial runoff, and power lines dot a landscape of burned out homes and broken families, there is a pimp-turned-preacher looking for redemption, a stripper-turned-nurse looking for justice, and Lorelie…who just wants a baby.

Tickets: $18–30

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All Performances at:
1105 W. Chicago Avenue
(Chicago Dramatists)
Theatre Entrance on Aberdeen & May

Made possible with the generous support of

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