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From the hoofprints of winged Pegasus the source of poetic inspiration is said to flow. That may just be an ancient Greek myth, but in Chicago another Pegasus is still helping creativity pour out.

Since it was established in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood in 1978, the Pegasus Players have gone where few other companies dare to go. The Players regularly put on off-beat and challenging plays that address sensitive issues of race, politics and discrimination.

Pegasus also reaches out to young and old populations that theatres often overlook. Perhaps its biggest success has come from bringing works by students to the stage every year in the Young Playwrights Festival.

Tap into the minds of the four winners of the 2002 festival, and share with them the creativity and challenges of transporting their thoughts onto the stage.

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Listen to Marques Jackson, whose play "Chameleon," deals with a woman struggling to break out of an abusive relationship.

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Take a ride on "The Downtown Train," a play by Emily Rabkin about schizophrenia.

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Enjoy a conversation with the two comedic playwrights of the Pegasus Festival: Ruth Martin, author of Free Will, and Maria Sutcliffe-Hetman, author of The Elevator Syndrome.

 

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Winners of the 2002 Pegasus Players Young Playwrights Festival: Emily Rabkin, Marques Alexander Jackson, Ruth Martin and Maria Sutcliffe-Hetman. Photo by Michael Brosilow courtesy of Pegasus Players.

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Actors Brian Posen, Makeba Pace, Linara Washington, LaQuita Cleave and Barbara Myers put on a production of Marques Jackson's "Chameleon." Photo by Michael Brosilow courtesy of Pegasus Players.

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Quinton Guyton II, Jess Goodwin, and Michael Ingersoll take part in "tick, tick...BOOM!" by "RENT" playwright Jonathan Larson. Photo Courtesy of Pegasus Players.

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Kevin Stark plays George, a teenager with schizophrenia who strikes up a friendship with Stella, played by Rachel Wilson, during a ride on the Chicago "L" in "The Downtown Train." Photo by Michael Brosilow courtesy of Pegasus Players.

 

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