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.


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 3-27, 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!

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.