Theatre at PNC

In the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, PNC Theatre pays tribute with two not-your-mother’s Shakespeare, Shakespeare-influenced productions.  In the fall, Dr. Bethany Lee directs Rough Magic, a modern take on Shakespeare by Marvel Comics writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.  In the spring, Dr. Paul Hecht directs Galatea/Tamburlaine, a mashup of a comedy and tragedy by two of Shakespeare’s greatest Elizabethan predecessors.  So it’s Shakespeare updated for the comic book, action superhero age, and Shakespeare’s wacky and bizarre theatrical origins compressed and laid bare.

All shows will be at Mainstreet Theatre, in Michigan City, part of the Festival Players Guild Winter Arts Series. Evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. and matinees at 3 p.m.


Rough Magic Logo with blueBy:  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed By:  Dr. Bethany Lee

Rough Magic takes characters from The Tempest and drops them into modern-day New York, with bizarre and dangerous consequences.  Dramatists Play Service describes the show as “a Shakespearean action-adventure-fantasy in the tradition of Harry Potter and The X-Men that conjures a mythical, magical meta-universe.” Aguirre-Sacasa, who also writes for Marvel Comics, has created an experience that is by turns humorous, dark, and enchanting for both the actors and the audience.  Reserve tickets by calling (219) 874-4269 or sending an email to

  • Auditions Thursday, Sept. 11 from 5-8 pm and Friday, Sept. 12 from 1-5 pm
  • Performances November 8, 9 (matinee), 14, 15 2014
  • Evening performances begin promptly at 7:30 pm; matinees at 3 pm


Gal-Tam Sized

By:  John Lyly and Christopher Marlowe
Directed By:  Dr. Paul Hecht

Where did Shakespeare come from? This show combines two highly entertaining, wildly different plays by playwrights that were huge before Shakespeare showed up in London. Galatea is a hilarious, disguise- and Roman god-filled romp by John Lyly. Tamburlaine is the play that put Christopher Marlowe on the map, depicting a hero who conquers most of Asia by thundering speech and merciless sword. Both plays are compressed into a 2-hour whirlwind tour of the extremes of Elizabethan theatre. Reserve tickets by calling (219) 874-4269 or sending an email to

  • Auditions November 10, 12, 17, 19, 2014: sign up outside Dr. Hecht’s office, Tech 325
  • Performances April 11, 12 (matinee), 17, 18, 2015
  • Evening performances begin promptly at 7:30 pm; matinees at 3 pm

Dr. Paul Hecht has directed PNC’s Theatre Program since 2006.  As a scholar with a focus on Renaissance literature, he specializes in productions of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.  Shakespeare productions at PNC include Henry IV, Part 1 (2012), the tragedies Julius Caesar (2010) and Macbeth (2009), and the comedies The Taming of the Shrew (2013), Much Ado About Nothing (2011), As You Like It (2008), and Every Man in His Humor (2007), the last by Ben Jonson.

Dr. Bethany Lee has been directing plays at PNC since 2010. Productions include An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde (2014), An Evening of One-Act Plays (2013), The Laramie Project, by Moisés Kaufman (2012), God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza (2011) and Top Girls by Caryl Churchill (2010).


Mainstreet Theatre, Michigan City

PNC Theatre’s fall and spring productions are performed at Mainstreet Theatre in Michigan City, a straight drive nine miles up Route 421 from the Westville campus, and a couple of blocks from the South Shore Line’s 11th Street Station. Rehearsal typically begin on campus and transition to the theatre in the weeks just before a show opens.

Mainstreet Theatre is a 100-seat venue with professional lighting and sound, and the accumulated costumes and sets from thirty years of professional theatre. We are proud of our eight-year collaboration with the Festival Players Guild, which runs the theatre, and hosts the Canterbury Winter Arts series, including productions by Imaginary Doors Entertainment, as well as music, improv, and more.  See for more information.


Getting Academic Credit for work in Theatre

Our fall and spring productions have courses available for credit toward elective requirements, general education requirements, and the requirements of the English major.

In the fall, THTR 390 Contemporary Dramatic Performance (3 credits) is available. In the spring, two courses are offered: THTR 34700, which offers two credits for work in the cast or crew, and THTR 34800, which offers three credits for involvement in the spring production, as well as participation in an 8-week introduction to acting and Renaissance theatre. The course runs in January and February, before rehearsals for the spring production begin in March.

Past Productions Scrapbook

Past Productions Pages:

Much Ado (2011)
Every Man in His Humor (2007)
Macbeth* (2009)
Julius Caesar* (2010)

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Contributing to Theatre at PNC

Your support makes all the difference to us, and donations of any size are welcome.  Make checks out to Purdue University North Central and be sure to specify “Theatre” in the memo line.  Send checks to:

Office of Advancement
Purdue University North Central
1401 South US Highway 421
Westville, IN  46391