Pegasus Theatre Chicago

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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

$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!


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)

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

AW_Celebration_300x200Saturday, March 21
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Presented by Pegasus Theatre Chicago
Directed by Harry J. Lennix
2pm | Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th St) | Screening Room
773.702.2787 |
Free Event – Reservations Recommended

As part of the Goodman Theatre’s city-wide August Wilson Celebration, Pegasus Theatre Chicago will present a concert reading of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at the Logan Center for the Arts. Pegasus was the first theatre to produce the play in Chicago. Film and television star Harry Lennix, who starred in the 1987 production, returns to direct the concert reading.

The Roaring Twenties have made “Mother of the Blues” Ma Rainey a star, attracting the young and ambitious trumpeter Levee to her band. But a routine recording session in Chicago turns ugly when Levee’s ambitions collide with the larger-than-life personalities of Ma, her entourage and the white producers looking to make money off their talents. Wilson’s searing drama features music that defines a decade and looks at the messy intersection of art and industry.

Chicago’s Goodman Theatre honors the late playwright’s influence on American culture with The August Wilson Celebration. Featuring a revival of Wilson’s masterpiece Two Trains Running and staged readings of his nine other plays, this unprecedented exploration of Wilson’s work includes educational seminars, panel discussions and other special events. This citywide Celebration is presented in collaboration with over 20 theaters, universities and organizations. Learn more at

Reading Performance tickets are free. Reservations are recommended. General seating only. Doors open at 1:00 PM. Tickets must be picked up at the Logan Center Box Office by 2:00 PM.