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News Heat Wave, Charting Summer Tragedy in Chicago, to Get World Premiere in 2008 The deaths of more than 700 Chicagoans in a 1995 heat wave is the subject of a world premiere drama in the 2007-08 season of Pegasus Players in the Windy City.

Heat Wave — a co-production between Pegasus and Live Bait Theater — is written by Steve Simoncic and directed by Ilesa Duncan, based on Eric Klinenberg's book, "Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago." Performances will play Feb. 21-April 6, 2008.

Pegasus calls the work a "moving new play" that looks at the heat wave of 1995, which took the lives of 739 Chicagoans. It "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 in tact."

Pegasus is run by artistic director Alex Levy and executive director Arlene Crewdson.

The 2007-08 season will also boast August Wilson's Jitney directed by Jonathan Wilson; the first regional production of Golda's Balcony, William Gibson's one-woman tour de force starring Chicago favorite Janet Ulrich Brooks as Golda Meir, directed by Alex Levy; and the 22nd Annual Chicago Young Playwrights Festival.

This is the Jeff Citation Award-honored Pegasus' 29th season of new and contemporary work. Pegasus Players is located at 1145 W. Wilson Avenue at the O'Rourke Center on the campus of Truman College in Chicago. For more information call (773) 878-9761 or visit www.pegasusplayers.org.

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