Pegasus Theatre Chicago

where epic stories take flight

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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28th Young Playwrights Festival

Join us for 28th Festival of winning student-written plays exploring “Something Wicked Interferes.”

Dirty Spoons

by Taylor Vazquez – directed by Ilesa Duncan
Glenn, in an attempt to prove himself to his father, becomes a ‘cheftestant’ on ‘chefs off the street’ cooking show, but he soon discovers there’s something dark about cooking competitions and even stranger about his fellow chefs.

Dare to be Different

by Daisianee Minenger – directed by Juan Ramirez
Rico and Cornell are from opposing gangs but protect their bond of friendship despite the danger they face from within their worlds. Matters get further complicated when Cornell reveals a secret.

A Matter of Life (and Maybe Death)

by Deja Jenkins – directed by Ilesa Duncan
Iris is in the hospital recovering from a serious accident when she’s confronted by a mysterious stranger. The battle for her life ensues as she attempts to outwit this confessed servant of death.

A Day At The Office

by Steve Maloy – directed by Warner Crocker
Andrew is desperate to land Infini Corporation as a client to gain favor with his superiors. But will he need to sell his soul to the devil in order to succeed?

Tickets: $18–30 Buy Now

All Performances at:
1105 W. Chicago Avenue
(Chicago Dramatists)

Theatre Entrance on Aberdeen & May

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Autumn Muse 2014

Don’t Miss our Halloween Celebration and relaunch party at AUTUMN MUSE 2014 – a two-part horror comedy fest at Chicago Dramatists.



Tuesday October 28 & Wednesday 29 – $15

Chicago’s finest female-identified artists will raise the roof with haunting tales of womanhood: Stacy Renee (musician), Willa Taylor (story-teller), Last of the Moricans (Bomba Poetry), Janeida Rodriguez (poetry), Aasia Bullock (Comedy/Sketch), Roberta Miles (Poet), MoNa (comedy), Donielle Logan (Dance) and host Melissa DuPrey (Comedy)

BLACULA: Young, Black & Undead –  The Return!

Thursday October 30 & Halloween Friday October 31st at 10:30PM – $10
BLACULA returns for 2 nights only to suck your blood! In this late night, comic staged reading, pranksters Franklin & Colfax battle an ancient African vampire!

Featuring: Tosin Morohunfola, Antoine Whitfield, Caren Blackmore, Johnathan Wallace, Stephanie Stroud, Melissa Duprey, Chris Cinereski, China Addison, and Samantha Garcia.