Towle Theater

The Towle Opera House was built by Marcus M. Towle and opened its doors in 1903. Marcus M. Towle was a wealthy capitalist who became the first Mayor of Hammond. The Opera House was by far the most modern to date and the best equipped of any in the city. It was generally referred to as Hammond’s Leading Playhouse and often showcased the best attractions available in the region. In fact, they were on par with the first class theaters in Chicago.

The current Towle Theater, located in downtown Hammond at 5205 Hohman Avenue, opened in 2003, with its first full season in 2004. The Towle presents eight shows a year and you are encouraged to attend one of the great productions in its beautiful and historic facility.


Current Production


  Adrift in Macao

Adrift in Macao - NW Indiana Premiere

A Noir-Style Musical Comedy

Book and Lyrics by Christopher Durang

Music by Peter Melnick



February 28 , March 1-2 , 7-9 , 13-16

Thursday – Saturday 8:00 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm


Directed by Jeff Casey

Set in 1952 in Macao, China, Adrift in Macao is a loving parody of film noir. Everyone that comes to Macao is waiting for something, and though none of them know exactly what that is, they hang around to find out. The characters include film noir standards, like Lureena, the curvaceous beauty, who luckily bumps into Rick Shaw, the cynical surf and turf casino owner her first night in town. And don’t forget about Mitch, the American who has just been framed for murder by the mysterious villain McGuffin. With songs and quips, puns and farcical shenanigans, this musical parody is bound to please audiences of all ages.



Sarah Mergener……….Lureena
Ian Rigg………………..Mitch
Mara Dale……………..Corinna
Matthew Huston………Tempura
Kevin Bellamy………….Rick
Lauren Knutson……….Trench Coat Woman
Colin Funk……………..Trench Coat Man


For more information about dates, times, tickets and offers visit the Towle Theater website.