CHICAGO -- In honor of Black History Month, Pegasus Players presents the premiere of Robert Myers' Dead of Night: The Executive of Fred Hampton, which depicts a horrific incident in Chicago history.
The history play, opening Feb. 24 at the innovative North Side theatre, details the notorious 1969 police raid instigated by disgraced State Attorney Ed Hanrahan.
The middle-of-the-night commando assault on a West Side apartment resulted in the deaths of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, a Panther lieutenant.
The play examines the role of the FBI informant who became a trusted member of the militant organization.
The staging by Jonathan Wilson (who recently directed Goodman Theatre's much-praised revival of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) will evoke the life-or-death choices faced by radical dissenters in the late 1960s. -- By Lawrence Bommer