Golda’s Balcony

May 1st–July 13th

William Gibson’s one-woman tour de force examines the history of Israel through the eyes of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable world leaders, Golda Meir.

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Sun Times
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The critics have been raving about GOLDA:

“So smart, so good, so focused.” – Hedy Weiss, WTTW

“At Pegasus Players, “Golda’s Balcony” William Gibson’s fierce, probing portrait of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir can be seen and heard in all its complexity, clarity and tormented ambiguity thanks to a bravura performance by Janet Ulrich Brooks.” – Hedy Weiss, The Chicago SunTimes

“Brooks…is so focused, fervent, smart and acerbic, so utterly inside her character, that she makes you breathe with her for 90 high-pressure minutes.” – Hedy Weiss, The Chicago SunTimes

“…A cogent and seductively forceful production at Pegasus Players… Brooks’ accomplishment here is that she leaves no room for dissent.” – Nina Metz, The Chicago Tribune

“Brooks’ comedic timing and dramatic pacing is rock solid from start to finish. Her Golda is not afraid of a fight, not when survival is at stake.” – Lisa Buscani, New City Chicago

“Go and see GOLDA’S BALCONY. It’s first rate and merits full audiences.” – Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star

“Janet Ulrich Brooks, succeeds wonderfully in portraying Golda [Meir’s] complexity, toughness and vulnerability.” – Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star

“[GOLDA’S BALCONY] is a welcome reminder of the stuff Israel’s leaders have been made of, how they struggled, their determination and what has been required to build a state.” – Gila Wertheimer, Chicago Jewish Star

“Highly Reccomended…Janet Ulrich Brooks is commanding.” – Albert Williams, Chicago Reader

“see the excellent Golda’s Balcony for what it really is: a show about the drive to survive at all costs and the guilt that comes with it. It’s also a gripping one-woman play centered on one of the 20th century’s toughest leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir” – Ruth Welte, Time Out Chicago


Heat Wave

February 21st-April 6th

Co-Production with Live Bait Theater
Tickets $17-25
Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 pm
Sunday at 3:00 pm
For more information call (773) 878-9761

Based on the book Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago by Eric Klinenberg, this moving new play looks at the heat wave of 1995 which took the lives of 739 Chicagoans. More people died in our city than in New Orleans or Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina.

Could it have been prevented? Who was listening?

The play examines one of the country’s worst weather-related disasters from all perspectives, creating a vivid portrait of a city in crisis, but with its resources and humanity firmly intact. Heat Wave tells the story no one wanted to listen to. Come join us for an evening of exploration and healing as we struggle to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.Directed by Ilesa Duncan

The 22nd Annual Chicago Young Playwrights Festival

January 4th-January 27th

Molly McAndrew
A Rose in the Royal Court
Northside College Prep
Teacher: John Hahm
One night in the garden while waiting for her suitor Jacob, Rosaline meets and is wooed by William Shakespeare and becomes his muse. Rosaline finds herself struggling for her independence in a world of dominating men including her father, her brother and Shakespeare himself.

Claire Rychlewski
Coffee Girl
Von Steuben High School
Teacher: Felix Flauta
Set on a plantation in 19th century America, Margaret, a 9 year old slave, returns to the big house to retrieve her shoes after giving them to the plantation owner’s volatile wife, who promised to have them mended. While there, Margaret discovers more about her past then she is ready to handle.

Laura Fernandez
Blooming Flowers in Weeds
Lane Tech High School
Teacher: Brian Telles
Julia, a shy teenage girl has been frequenting the southern diner where the play is set. When she finally opens up to one of the waitresses, Candy, about the problems she’s having, she discovers a family at the diner that she never had at home.

Sarah Winters
Daydream Nation
Northside College Prep
Teacher: John Hahm
Winter’s play is comprised of two short companion pieces centered on “characters” interactions with the indie band Sonic Youth’s album, DAYDREAM NATION. The characters struggle to find their place as the larger world creeps into their lives.


September 13th-October 28th

Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Jitney is the 1970s installment of August Wilson’s exploration of the African-American experience in the 20th Century. Directed by Jonathan Wilson