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04/07/2017 8:00 pm - 04/09/2017 2:00 pm
Beatniks on Conkey
418 Conkey St, Hammond, IN 46324, USA

The play focuses on the relationship between despondent Arthur Przybyszewski, a former 1960s radical who owns a rundown donut shop in Uptown, Chicago, and Franco, his energetic but troubled young African American assistant who wants to update the establishment with lively music and healthy menu option

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  • 04/28/2017 8:00 pm - 04/30/2017 3:00 pm

    The God Committee Presented by The Genesius Guild

    Four transplant candidates. One heart. A St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Countless Catastrophic Opportunities. "The God Committee" is a taut, realistic exploration into how physicians decide which patient will receive the new heart, and the latest production on stage at the Genesius Guild of First United Methodist Hammond.

    Time is running out as a group of people debate issues of race, gender, and of course…money. Lots of money. This medical thriller takes us into the inner workings of a Transplant Program and a decision—for both their candidates and their program—that is a matter of life and death. Science and morality clash in this riveting drama set inside a hushed boardroom filled with medical professionals who are unable to leave their own emotional baggage outside.

    Using his great talent of mixing high wire tension with fiery humor, playwright Mark St. Germain has created a charged work that keeps the audience in suspense for the entire evening. Alliances are formed, broken and reformed as the committee argues, accuses, debates and ultimately votes. And just when the matter seems to be decided, the playwright upends the proceedings with theatrical dynamite.

    "The God Committee" contains adult themes, making it comparable to a movie with a PG-13 rating, which may not be suitable for younger patrons. It takes the stage weekends April 28 through May 7. Performances are in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church of Hammond, 6635 Hohman Ave. in Hammond, Indiana, at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A 3 p.m. matinee will be performed Sunday afternoons. Tickets are available at the door or by calling toll-free 877-724-7715. A group discount is available for groups of 15 or more; contact the box office for details and reservations.

    Cast:
    Dr. Kierra Banks: Jennifer Stevens
    Nurse Nella Larkin, RN: Laurie Reyna
    Dr. Alexandra Gorman: Donna Rowland
    Dr. Jack Klee: Dean Johanson
    Dr. Ann Ross: Elizabeth Roman
    Father Charles Dunbar: Warren Ellis
    Domenick Piero: Jerald Jascoviak
    Dr. Peter Felker: Matthew Byerly

    About the Genesius Guild – The Genesius Guild of Hammond, Indiana is a community theatre ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Hammond. For over 30 years, the Guild has existed as an outreach of the church and the community to promote and support community theatre, community programs and the arts for the enrichment and welfare of the citizens of Hammond, the citizens of Lake County, Indiana, and the greater theatrical patronage of the surrounding region, and to further the education of and provide entertainment to its members and the community in the area of theatrical arts. The Genesius Guild is a member in good standing of the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation (NIETF) and the Indiana Community Theatre League (ICTL), and continues to seek ways to reach out to the community. Visit the Genesius Guild on our web page at www.genesiusguild.com, or like us on Facebook to receive continuing updates.

  • 05/05/2017 8:00 pm - 05/07/2017 3:00 pm

    The God Committee Presented by The Genesius Guild

    Four transplant candidates. One heart. A St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Countless Catastrophic Opportunities. "The God Committee" is a taut, realistic exploration into how physicians decide which patient will receive the new heart, and the latest production on stage at the Genesius Guild of First United Methodist Hammond.

    Time is running out as a group of people debate issues of race, gender, and of course…money. Lots of money. This medical thriller takes us into the inner workings of a Transplant Program and a decision—for both their candidates and their program—that is a matter of life and death. Science and morality clash in this riveting drama set inside a hushed boardroom filled with medical professionals who are unable to leave their own emotional baggage outside.

    Using his great talent of mixing high wire tension with fiery humor, playwright Mark St. Germain has created a charged work that keeps the audience in suspense for the entire evening. Alliances are formed, broken and reformed as the committee argues, accuses, debates and ultimately votes. And just when the matter seems to be decided, the playwright upends the proceedings with theatrical dynamite.

    "The God Committee" contains adult themes, making it comparable to a movie with a PG-13 rating, which may not be suitable for younger patrons. It takes the stage weekends April 28 through May 7. Performances are in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church of Hammond, 6635 Hohman Ave. in Hammond, Indiana, at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A 3 p.m. matinee will be performed Sunday afternoons. Tickets are available at the door or by calling toll-free 877-724-7715. A group discount is available for groups of 15 or more; contact the box office for details and reservations.

    Cast:
    Dr. Kierra Banks: Jennifer Stevens
    Nurse Nella Larkin, RN: Laurie Reyna
    Dr. Alexandra Gorman: Donna Rowland
    Dr. Jack Klee: Dean Johanson
    Dr. Ann Ross: Elizabeth Roman
    Father Charles Dunbar: Warren Ellis
    Domenick Piero: Jerald Jascoviak
    Dr. Peter Felker: Matthew Byerly

    About the Genesius Guild – The Genesius Guild of Hammond, Indiana is a community theatre ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Hammond. For over 30 years, the Guild has existed as an outreach of the church and the community to promote and support community theatre, community programs and the arts for the enrichment and welfare of the citizens of Hammond, the citizens of Lake County, Indiana, and the greater theatrical patronage of the surrounding region, and to further the education of and provide entertainment to its members and the community in the area of theatrical arts. The Genesius Guild is a member in good standing of the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation (NIETF) and the Indiana Community Theatre League (ICTL), and continues to seek ways to reach out to the community. Visit the Genesius Guild on our web page at www.genesiusguild.com, or like us on Facebook to receive continuing updates.

  • 05/12/2017 7:00 pm - 05/14/2017 2:00 pm

    The world’s longest running play. A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons.

    PERFORMANCES DATES
    May 12–21, 2017
    Fridays 7:00pm, Saturdays 2:00pm & 7:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm

  • 05/19/2017 7:00 pm - 05/21/2017 2:00 pm

    The world’s longest running play. A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons.

    PERFORMANCES DATES
    May 12–21, 2017
    Fridays 7:00pm, Saturdays 2:00pm & 7:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm

  • 05/19/2017 8:00 pm - 05/20/2017 8:00 pm

    COMEDY: Welcome to the Dark Ages in Priseaux, France, where everything is really, really bad and the monastery's patron saint hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. Threatened by the success of a rival church and a visit from the Pope, a group of desperate monks look to a shady, one-eyed minstrel, to teach them outrageous ways to make their own miracles.

    The Story: The river flooded again last week. The chandler's shop just burned to the ground. Nobody's heard of the wheelbarrow yet. And Ste. Foy, the patron of the local monastery, hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. In other words, the Dark Ages still look pretty dark. All eyes turn to the Pope, whose promised visit will surely encourage other pilgrims to make the trek and restore the abbey to its former glory. That is, until a rival church claims to possess the relics of Ste. Foy—and "their" bones are working miracles. All seems lost until the destitute monks take a lesson from a larcenous one-eyed minstral, who teaches them an outrageous new way to pay old debts.
    "A lightning-fast farce, rich in both verbal and physical humor." —American Theatre. "Everything fits snugly in this funny, endearing black comedy. Hollinger understands how to balance verbal and physical humor, how to sketch personality in a few deft strokes, how to pause here and there to allow his audience to catch its breath, how to bring on a new character at just the right time, and how to write dialogue that's an artful blend of the mock-formal and the anachronistically breezy. A piece of remarkably dexterous craftsmanship." —Philadelphia Inquirer. "A farcical romp, scintillating and irreverent." —Philadelphia Weekly.
  • 05/26/2017 8:00 pm - 05/28/2017 2:30 pm

    COMEDY: Welcome to the Dark Ages in Priseaux, France, where everything is really, really bad and the monastery's patron saint hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. Threatened by the success of a rival church and a visit from the Pope, a group of desperate monks look to a shady, one-eyed minstrel, to teach them outrageous ways to make their own miracles.

    The Story: The river flooded again last week. The chandler's shop just burned to the ground. Nobody's heard of the wheelbarrow yet. And Ste. Foy, the patron of the local monastery, hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. In other words, the Dark Ages still look pretty dark. All eyes turn to the Pope, whose promised visit will surely encourage other pilgrims to make the trek and restore the abbey to its former glory. That is, until a rival church claims to possess the relics of Ste. Foy—and "their" bones are working miracles. All seems lost until the destitute monks take a lesson from a larcenous one-eyed minstral, who teaches them an outrageous new way to pay old debts.
    "A lightning-fast farce, rich in both verbal and physical humor." —American Theatre. "Everything fits snugly in this funny, endearing black comedy. Hollinger understands how to balance verbal and physical humor, how to sketch personality in a few deft strokes, how to pause here and there to allow his audience to catch its breath, how to bring on a new character at just the right time, and how to write dialogue that's an artful blend of the mock-formal and the anachronistically breezy. A piece of remarkably dexterous craftsmanship." —Philadelphia Inquirer. "A farcical romp, scintillating and irreverent." —Philadelphia Weekly.
  • 06/01/2017 7:00 pm - 06/04/2017 6:00 pm

    May 25 through June 4
    Performances are Thursday/Friday/Saturdays 7PM & Sundays 6 PM

    Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. For the next two years, Rothko works feverishly in his studio on the Bowery with his young assistant, Ken. When Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could become his undoing. RED is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. RED is the winner of the 2010 Tony Award.

  • 06/01/2017 8:00 pm - 06/03/2017 8:00 pm

    COMEDY: Welcome to the Dark Ages in Priseaux, France, where everything is really, really bad and the monastery's patron saint hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. Threatened by the success of a rival church and a visit from the Pope, a group of desperate monks look to a shady, one-eyed minstrel, to teach them outrageous ways to make their own miracles.

    The Story: The river flooded again last week. The chandler's shop just burned to the ground. Nobody's heard of the wheelbarrow yet. And Ste. Foy, the patron of the local monastery, hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. In other words, the Dark Ages still look pretty dark. All eyes turn to the Pope, whose promised visit will surely encourage other pilgrims to make the trek and restore the abbey to its former glory. That is, until a rival church claims to possess the relics of Ste. Foy—and "their" bones are working miracles. All seems lost until the destitute monks take a lesson from a larcenous one-eyed minstral, who teaches them an outrageous new way to pay old debts.
    "A lightning-fast farce, rich in both verbal and physical humor." —American Theatre. "Everything fits snugly in this funny, endearing black comedy. Hollinger understands how to balance verbal and physical humor, how to sketch personality in a few deft strokes, how to pause here and there to allow his audience to catch its breath, how to bring on a new character at just the right time, and how to write dialogue that's an artful blend of the mock-formal and the anachronistically breezy. A piece of remarkably dexterous craftsmanship." —Philadelphia Inquirer. "A farcical romp, scintillating and irreverent." —Philadelphia Weekly.
  • 06/02/2017 8:00 pm - 06/04/2017 2:00 pm

    A suburban housewife, shell-shocked by the post 9/11 reality, finds herself irresistibly drawn to her son's tutor, a handsome young man with political leanings far different from her own. A bizarre series of events blows the lid off her previously sheltered existence. A slightly zany comedy that peels back the layers of these unique individuals. You may find yourself later thinking, if I had just paid attention closer would I have seen the surprise ending coming?

    Cast of Characters:
    Gretchen...............Laura Toops
    Bill........................David Reyes
    Vivian....................Linda Slankard
    Matthew................Matthew
    Kristin Duncan.......Therapist, Guard, Student, Customer, Arabic Woman
    Khyel Roberson.....Both Experts, Arabic Man, customer
    Anji Britten...........Toy Store person, student

    Fridays and Saturdays June 2, 3, 9 and 10 2017 - 8 PM
    Sundays June 4 and 11 - 2 PM

    Performances are at Beatniks on Conkey, 418/420 Conkey Street, Hammond

    Doors open 1/2 before curtain, refreshments are provided
    Tickets are $15.00. Cash only at the door please. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2922445

    Due to limited seating, reservations are strongly suggested. Call 219-852-0848

  • 06/09/2017 8:00 pm - 06/11/2017 2:00 pm

    A suburban housewife, shell-shocked by the post 9/11 reality, finds herself irresistibly drawn to her son's tutor, a handsome young man with political leanings far different from her own. A bizarre series of events blows the lid off her previously sheltered existence. A slightly zany comedy that peels back the layers of these unique individuals. You may find yourself later thinking, if I had just paid attention closer would I have seen the surprise ending coming?

    Cast of Characters:
    Gretchen...............Laura Toops
    Bill........................David Reyes
    Vivian....................Linda Slankard
    Matthew................Matthew
    Kristin Duncan.......Therapist, Guard, Student, Customer, Arabic Woman
    Khyel Roberson.....Both Experts, Arabic Man, customer
    Anji Britten...........Toy Store person, student

    Fridays and Saturdays June 2, 3, 9 and 10 2017 - 8 PM
    Sundays June 4 and 11 - 2 PM

    Performances are at Beatniks on Conkey, 418/420 Conkey Street, Hammond

    Doors open 1/2 before curtain, refreshments are provided
    Tickets are $15.00. Cash only at the door please. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2922445

    Due to limited seating, reservations are strongly suggested. Call 219-852-0848

  • 06/22/2017 7:00 pm - 06/25/2017 6:00 pm

    Successful TV actor Andrew Rally struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet, while dealing with a girlfriend who is keeping a firm grip on her chastity. To complicate matters, Andrew is also playing host to the ghost of the late legendary actor John Barrymore, who has come back to earth for the sole purpose of convincing the young star to accept the role of Hamlet. Barrymore proves to be very convincing, especially after an animated sword fight. But when a Hollywood friend shows up offering Andrew a new role in a high-paying television pilot, the young star is conflicted. Will Andrew go for the the big pay day or risk facing the same dilemma that haunts Barrymore beyond his grave?

  • 06/29/2017 7:00 pm - 07/02/2017 6:00 pm

    Successful TV actor Andrew Rally struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet, while dealing with a girlfriend who is keeping a firm grip on her chastity. To complicate matters, Andrew is also playing host to the ghost of the late legendary actor John Barrymore, who has come back to earth for the sole purpose of convincing the young star to accept the role of Hamlet. Barrymore proves to be very convincing, especially after an animated sword fight. But when a Hollywood friend shows up offering Andrew a new role in a high-paying television pilot, the young star is conflicted. Will Andrew go for the the big pay day or risk facing the same dilemma that haunts Barrymore beyond his grave?

  • 07/07/2017 6:00 pm - 07/08/2017 6:00 pm
    No additional details for this event.
  • 07/14/2017 8:00 pm - 07/16/2017 2:30 pm
    No additional details for this event.
  • 07/21/2017 7:00 pm - 07/23/2017 2:00 pm

    a premier of a family friendy show

  • 07/21/2017 8:00 pm - 07/22/2017 8:00 pm
    No additional details for this event.
  • 08/04/2017 8:00 pm - 08/06/2017 3:00 pm

    By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, & Jess Winfield
    Directed by Kate Wiersema

    Featured are all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike. It has become one of the world’s most popular shows, playing frequently in a variety of languages.

  • 08/10/2017 7:00 pm - 08/13/2017 6:00 pm

    A Play by Agatha Christie

    August 10 through 20
    Performances are Thursday/Friday/Saturdays 7PM & Sundays 6 PM

    A group of strangers, one of whom is a murderer, is stranded in a boarding house during a fierce snowstorm. Suspects include a couple who run the house, a curious spinster, an architect, a retired Army major, a strange little man, and a jurist who makes everyone miserable. They are soon joined by a policeman who arrives on skis. The policeman no sooner arrives when the jurist and two others are murdered. The ever-diligent policeman probes the background of everyone present and rattles a lot of skeletons. A big crowd pleaser, The Mousetrap is the longest running play in the world.

  • 08/11/2017 8:00 pm - 08/13/2017 3:00 pm

    By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, & Jess Winfield
    Directed by Kate Wiersema

    Featured are all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike. It has become one of the world’s most popular shows, playing frequently in a variety of languages.

  • 08/17/2017 7:00 pm - 08/20/2017 6:00 pm

    A Play by Agatha Christie

    August 10 through 20
    Performances are Thursday/Friday/Saturdays 7PM & Sundays 6 PM

    A group of strangers, one of whom is a murderer, is stranded in a boarding house during a fierce snowstorm. Suspects include a couple who run the house, a curious spinster, an architect, a retired Army major, a strange little man, and a jurist who makes everyone miserable. They are soon joined by a policeman who arrives on skis. The policeman no sooner arrives when the jurist and two others are murdered. The ever-diligent policeman probes the background of everyone present and rattles a lot of skeletons. A big crowd pleaser, The Mousetrap is the longest running play in the world.

  • 08/18/2017 8:00 pm - 08/20/2017 3:00 pm

    By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, & Jess Winfield
    Directed by Kate Wiersema

    Featured are all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike. It has become one of the world’s most popular shows, playing frequently in a variety of languages.

  • 08/25/2017 7:00 pm - 08/27/2017 6:00 pm

    A Play by A. R. Gurney

    Directed by Jeffrey Baumgartner

    August 25 – 27 and August 31; September 1 and 3
    Performances on Thursday/Friday/Saturdays at 7PM & Sundays 6 PM

    Andy and Melissa, two childhood friends now grown, reminisce on their love and friendship through letters written over the years, beginning with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Their letters chronicle Andy's foray into the military and rise to the U.S. Senate, and Melissa's failed marriage and downward spiral into a world of gigolos and booze. Forever romantically attached, Andy's and Melissa's letters reveal a love that will never be lost. Love Letters was a Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist.

  • 08/31/2017 7:00 pm - 09/01/2017 7:00 pm

    A Play by A. R. Gurney

    Directed by Jeffrey Baumgartner

    August 25 – 27 and August 31; September 1 and 3
    Performances on Thursday/Friday/Saturdays at 7PM & Sundays 6 PM

    Andy and Melissa, two childhood friends now grown, reminisce on their love and friendship through letters written over the years, beginning with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Their letters chronicle Andy's foray into the military and rise to the U.S. Senate, and Melissa's failed marriage and downward spiral into a world of gigolos and booze. Forever romantically attached, Andy's and Melissa's letters reveal a love that will never be lost. Love Letters was a Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist.

  • 09/03/2017 6:00 pm - 09/03/2017 6:00 pm

    A Play by A. R. Gurney

    Directed by Jeffrey Baumgartner

    August 25 – 27 and August 31; September 1 and 3
    Performances on Thursday/Friday/Saturdays at 7PM & Sundays 6 PM

    Andy and Melissa, two childhood friends now grown, reminisce on their love and friendship through letters written over the years, beginning with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Their letters chronicle Andy's foray into the military and rise to the U.S. Senate, and Melissa's failed marriage and downward spiral into a world of gigolos and booze. Forever romantically attached, Andy's and Melissa's letters reveal a love that will never be lost. Love Letters was a Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist.

  • 09/15/2017 8:00 pm - 09/17/2017 2:00 pm

    At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Grandpa's interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn't believe in the income tax.

  • 09/22/2017 8:00 pm - 09/24/2017 2:00 pm

    At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Grandpa's interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn't believe in the income tax.

  • 09/29/2017 8:00 pm - 10/01/2017 2:00 pm

    At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Grandpa's interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn't believe in the income tax.