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.

The Green Book

By Calvin A. Ramsey | March 2-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.

31st Young Playwrights Festival

DESIGN/PRODUCTION TEAM Marissa Gil (Set Designer) Recent design includes Suessical for Big Noise Theater.  She currently works as Technical Director at Glenbard South High School, as well as a freelance Scenic Designer and Painter in Chicago. She is also a Stagehand at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. Most recently she designed and supervised students in building Fiddler on the Roof at Glenbard South High School. Josh Wroblewski (Lighting Designer) is a freelance lighting designer and teacher. Josh obtained his MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is excited to work with the talented team at Pegasus Theatre again. Past credits include Rutherford's Travels, the 30th Young Playwrights Festival,  and the 29th Young Playwrights Festival with Pegasus Theatre, Becky Shaw, A Summons from the Tinker..., and Foxfinder (Las Vegas Valley Award-Best Lighting 2015) among many others. Check out his work at www.jwlightingdesign.com Andrew AJ Chien (Sound Designer) is a Chicago based designer and technician comprised of artists Larry Nance and Deidre Searcy who seek to create audio and video experiences that engage, evoke and elevate. Katy Vest (Props Designer) Kelly Butler (Production Manager) is a Chicago-based production and events manager. In addition to the 30th Young Playwrights Festival, recent credits include The Mars Assignment (Collaboraction), Cat in Heat (Nothing Special Productions) and Celestial Light Act I & II: Sun and Moon (Samantha Rausch) which debuted at Artscape 2016. In addition, Kelly has also worked in a variety of capacities with NewMoon Chicago, Chicago Humanities Festival, Redmoon, Step Up Productions, American Theater Company, and more.