Gary Shakespeare Company

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Gary Shakespeare Company is a 501c3 Not-for-profit organization established in 2013. We are dedicated to bringing actors and audiences of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds together in the enjoyment of the works of William Shakespeare and in the shared experience of live performance.


Hamlet Press Release

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Hamlet to perform across Northwest Indiana
Gary, Indiana


Gary Shakespeare Company announces the opening of Hamlet by William Shakespeare directed by company co-founder Mark Baer. The show will perform FREE-OF-CHARGE 14 times in 9 different public spaces across Northwest Indiana, July 21st through September 16th.

Arguably Shakespeare’s greatest work, Hamlet dramatizes the struggle of an isolated college student caught between his loyalty to his deceased father and his religious and moral responsibilities. Feeling trapped and betrayed, Hamlet spirals downward, unable to find support from his mother or friends, until he perishes leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. “We feel this story will resonate with many people as if it were written today,” says Baer. “Our actors are finding that it hits very close to home, despite having been written 400 years ago.”  

Christina Biancardi of St. John will take on the role of Hamlet. She is joined in the cast by Stephanie Bizzle (Hammond) as Gertrude, Trisha Eizenga (Chicago) as Horatio, Brandon Hearne (Gary) as Claudius, Amber Holley (Griffith) as Ophelia, Dante Silguero (Dyer) as Laertes, and Rich Wotkun (Hammond) as Polonius. Michael Litke Adams (Valparaiso), Melissa Downs (Hammond), Sydney Hale (Hammond), Jay-Lan Halliburton (Gary), Sam Lee (Chesterton), and Kim Perz Volek (Crown Point) round out the cast. Stephanie Naumoff (Valparaiso) has designed costumes, Marc Ryser of Crown Point has provided fight choreography, and Tim O’Donnell and Jim Severa have lead scenic construction and painting.

Hamlet will open with a Gala performance ay the newly renovated Gary Public Library and Cultural Center (220 W. 5th Avenue) on July 21. The Gala, which helps raise funds to offset the cost of production, is the only ticketed performance of the summer. The Gala reception will begin at 6pm with the performance at 7pm. $20 tickets must be purchased in advance via the

In order to make this show possible, Gary Shakespeare Company has formed partnerships with two important Gary institutions: Indiana University Northwest and the City of Gary Department of Public Parks.  IU Northwest has generously provided GSC with rehearsal space and other production resources that normally are underutilized during the summer months, as well as hosting two performances in the new Arts and Sciences Theatre. The Department of Public Parks has welcomed GSC performances to Marquette Park and provided additional resources that make performing in the park possible.  Truly this project would not be possible without their generous support.

Gary Shakespeare Company, a 501c3 not-for-profit theatre organization, is dedicated to bringing actors and audiences of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds together in the enjoyment of the works of William Shakespeare and in the shared experience of live performance.  We seek to enrich the public spaces of Northwest Indiana with passionate, vivid performances that reflect and include our community. Founded in 2013 GSC’s past productions include King Lear (Summer '13), Romeo and Juliet (Spring '14),and Twelfth Night (Summer '14), Much Ado About Nothing (Summer ’15), Macbeth (Summer ’16) and As You Like It (Summer ’17).

Hamlet Performance Dates and Venues:
(all performances begin at 7pm unless otherwise noted)
July 21    Gary Public Library, Gary (Opening Gala, $20 tix)
July 28    Lake Hills Amphitheatre, St. John
July 29    Coffee Creek Amphitheatre, Chesterton
Aug 4      Founder’s Square Park Amphitheatre, Portage
Aug 5      Marquette Park, Gary
Aug 9      Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton
Aug 11    Sunset Hill Farm Country Park, Valparaiso
Aug 12    Marquette Park, Gary
Aug 18    Centennial Park Entertainment Stage, Munster
Aug 19    Marquette Park, Gary
Aug 23    Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton
Aug 25    Coffee Creek Amphitheatre, Chesterton
Aug 26    Marquette Park, Gary
Sept 15   Indiana University Northwest, Gary (7:30pm)
Sept 16   Indiana University Northwest, Gary (2:30pm)

Donations are accepted and merchandise is available at performances or via the website.  More information are available at