Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett speaks in front of the memorial to one of his predecessors, Thomas Taggart. in 2019. The memorial now forms part of the new Taggart Amphitheater.
(Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

Indy Shakespeare Company Prepares to Open Its New Westside Theater

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indianapolis Shakespeare Company raises the curtain on its new home Thursday night.

After 10 years in White River State Park, the Shakespeare festival has a new permanent home in Riverside Park. Work began two years ago on a state-of-the-art amphitheater, incorporating the park’s restored neoclassical memorial to turn-of-the-century Mayor Thomas Taggart, who created Indy’s park system.

Shakespeare Company artistic director Diane Timmerman says the theater offers a hard-to-pull-off combination, with the Taggart memorial creating the architectural grandeur of a large theater, in a space which enables the more intimate small-theater connection between actors and audience.

The grand opening was pushed back a year by construction delays and the pandemic.

The Shakespeare company will stage six performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with a longer season planned next year.

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