“Dead of Night: The Execution of Fred Hampton.” By Andrew Patner. Chicago Sun-Times. February 26, 1998.
Dead of Night: The Execution of Fred Hampton
A young white playwright, Robert Myers, has brought the story of that infamous police raid to the stage in a chilling, fact-based work titled Dead of Night: The Execution of Fred Hampton, now receiving a strong, world premiere production at Pegasus Players.
Myers steeped himself in the history of Chicago’s black power movement at the behest of Pegasus executive director Arlene Crewdson. Under Jonathan Wilson’s shrewd direction, Night is a powerful piece that, with some fine-tuning and more context, could go a long way in addressing a sad chapter of Chicago’s history.