UPTOWN — Officials in Uptown said they are working to keep the Pegasus Players theater company in the neighborhood if a developer's proposal to convert the vacant Hull House community center into market-rate apartments displaces the troupe.
JLG Management President Dave Gassman said last week that his plans for the building at 4520 N. Beacon St. after buying it did not include the theater company, despite conversations with the theater's artistic director, who asked that Pegasus Players stay put.
But economic development organization Uptown United is "casting a pretty wide net," to find a potential new home for Pegasus Players in the event that they are displaced, UU President Alyssa Berman-Cutler said.
"Pegasus is just a wonderful asset to the community," Berman-Cutler said. "They're a great theater company with a social justice mission that we feel really contributes to the cultural atmosphere in the ward."
Berman-Cutler said "we are looking at a few specific options," but declined to name any while conversations are ongoing.
All of the options, at least three total, are inside the 46th Ward, according to Tressa Feher, chief of staff to Ald. James Cappleman (46th).
Not all are inside Uptown, where the troupe has resided for nearly 30 years, Feher said.
"But we want to keep them in Uptown," she said.