Beatniks on Conkey

Where Art meets Joe
A Coffee House-Black Box Theater for your enjoyment.

On January 13th, 2018   BEATNIKS will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary !!
Come join us for a recap of past years and a preview of our 2018 Season
~~ songs, dance, comedy, improv, skits and fun for all!!~~

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Open Most Weekends! Plays, Variety Shows, Music, Comedy
Coffee, cookies, cake 
              In Hammond's Hyde Park neighborhood
Beatniks on Conkey
418/420 Conkey Street, Hammond, Indiana  46324   View a map here
2 blocks east of Hohman Ave.    Call 219-852-0848 for more info
SMOKE FREE---Also available for meetings and special events
Reservations strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome!
Every seat's a  great seat! With help from our friends at

Photography of Wes Bushby   Photography of Carol Moore


Thanks to you, the audience, for sharing your evenings with us!

Brown Paper Tickets for many shows available online here     

*Click HERE for Live Calendar*

Upcoming events...
                     New Tap, Belly Dancing, and Improv Comedy classes starting in September!

Congratulations to all the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre  Foundation 2017 Nominees !!

Beatnik Entertainment nominations:
Principle Actress in a play - Lindsey McDermott as Susy Hendrix, "Wait Until Dark"
Featured Actor in a play -  William Milhans as Sam Hendrix, "Wait Until Dark"
Featured Actress in a play - Delaney Craig as Gloria, "Wait Until Dark"
Sound Design of a play - John Wotkun, "Wait Until Dark"
Best Play - BEATNIKS, "Wait Until Dark"
Cameo Role in a play - Khyel Roberson as Antrax & Terrorism Expert, "The Sleeper"

Hammond Community Theatre nominations:
Principle Actor in a play - Rip Johnson as Arthur Putnam, "An Act of the Imagination"
                                   - Robert Hill as Franco Wicks, "Superior Donuts"
                                   - Don Taylor as Arthur, "Superior Donuts"
Principle Actress in a play - Bonnie Johnson as Julia Putnam, "An Act of the Imagination"
Featured Actor in a play - John Wotkun as Luther Flynn, "Superior Donuts"
Featured Actress in a play - Sandy Stotts as Lady Boyle, "Superior Donuts"
                                          - Kali Rasala as Beth Dowling, "The Christmas Spirit"
Cameo Role in a play - Emily Gulbrandson, "An Act of the Imagination"
Direction of a play - Wayne Puchkors "An Act of the Imagination"
                              - Don Taylor, "The Christmas Spirit"
Scenic Design of a play - Andy Leahy, "Superior Donuts"
Lighting Design of a play - John Wotkun, "The Christmas Spirit"
Best Play - HCT, "An Act of the Imagination

Click HERE to see all the 2017 nominees!

 Oct 20 - Nov 5 2017

Beatnik Entertainment presents
"Mark Of Cain"

Click HERE to buy tickets

October 22/23
Open Auditions
"You Better Watch Out"


 December 1,2 8PM
December 3  2 PM

Beatnik Babes and Boys
Christmas Adult Variety Show

December 8 - 17
8 Pm Fri - Sat
2 PM Sundays
"You Better Watch Out"
December 10-11, 2017  Open auditions for HCT's "The Unexpected Guest"
January 13, 2018 8 PM  Beatniks On Conkey's 10th Anniversary and Preview Party
February 9-18, 2018  HCT presents Agatha Christie's "The Unexpected Guest"
February 11-12, 2018  Open auditions for HCT's "Camping with Henry and Tom"
April 6-15, 2018  HCT presents Mark St. Germain's "Camping with Henry and Tom"
April 8-9, 2018  Open auditions for Beatnik Entertainment's "Funny Little Thing Called Love"
June 1-10, 2018  Beatniks presents Jones, Hope and Wooten's "Funny Little Thing Called Love"
Ongoing ...

Tap Dance Classes!
Thursdays 6:30
Click here for more info

Belly Dancing class also!!! call for info
Course Begins
  Sept 5th, 2017
(219) 805-0942

Ronnie Cox appeared at Beatniks!

Beatniks Has Grown!
Into "The Other Side"
Click Here to see How You Can HELP!

VDAY event for Hammond's Haven House was a success, thanks to you!
Collecting Items for Haven House
Hammond's Haven House, an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, is in need of many personal items.
Click here for a list of needed items.


 *REMINDER: when attending a show at Beatniks, if you have can goods or toys or personal items for the women and children of Haven House, that you can bring them here to drop off.  No clothing. Thanks

Reservations encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome!  219-852-0848   
Some past shows...
Back Before
                                Midnightvm 2016Life On A ledgeCharlotte's Web
laughmoustrap castVDay_2014VDay 2013
HillBilly WeddingDon't
                                Fear the ReaperDead
                                Man's CellphoneShe's
                                No Angelcast

                                Brand New Shoe


BEATNIKS was created by Rip and Bonnie Johnson as a place for creative minds to try out new  material, for theater groups who need a place to perform, to offer the public a place to relax, have a cup of coffee, maybe a snack or two, and be entertained.
Unless otherwise marked, shows on Friday and Saturday - doors open at 7:30 PM, show starts at 8:00 PM
Sunday matinees - doors open at 1:30 PM, show at 2:00 PM
Plan on being prompt... for complimentary beverages, snacks and pastries

Reservations/Info call 219-852-0848
Or email us at for more info or to get on our email list.

** Shows may contain adult content and or language**

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If you would like to book a show talk to Rip or Bonnie

 For more info on any of these, call 219-852-0848 or Email us at

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RJ Construction Bonnie Johnson - Associate Broker with
over 20 years experience    219-730-7906
Rip Johnson - Quality Contractor since 1973

Bonnie Johnson

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For more information about local community theater, please visit the web site of
 The Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation
 Go to Hammond Community Theatre's home page