Formed in June 1978, this company grew out of performances of original student writings by both faculty and students at the city colleges. The troupe began to tour in order to serve the Uptown area and to reach people who otherwise would have no access to live theatre. After becoming incorporated as a not-for-profit company in 1979, the Pegasus Players found a home in the Edgewater Presbyterian Church. In 1984, it relocated to the O’Rourke Center for the Performing Arts, a 250-seat, $4 million facility on the Truman College campus.
During the company’s residency at the O’Rourke Center, more than 310,000 people have seen Pegasus’ shows. Pegasus remains committed to providing quality theatre for those who would normally be denied it, such as inner-city school students and low-income senior citizens. Recent productions have included Dael Orlandersmith’s The Gimmick, August Wilson’s Jitney, and William Gibson’s Golda. The theater is also known for hosting the annual Chicago Young Playwrights Festivals.
Pegasus Players Information
- Public Transportation: Good (Red Line Wilson stop or bus)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Performances Thursday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: $17–$25
- Subscriptions: Five-Show season subscriptions range $75–$100; no ticket exchanges for non-subscribers.