At the Rita: Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities

Ojai, California, 1993, 83°

Meteor Shower is performed without an intermission.
Run time: Approximately 1:15

“Meteor Shower” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Original Broadway Production Produced by
Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson,
James L. Nederlander, The John Gore Organization, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, FG Productions, Jamie deRoy, Sally Horchow, Sharon Karmazin, Barbara Manocherian, JABS Theatricals, Ergo Entertainment, Seth A. Goldstein, Elm City Productions, Diana DiMenna, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Jennifer Manocherian, Cricket Jiranek, Catherine Adler & Marc David Levine, The Shubert Organization


Brian Gill

Travis Siepl *

Samantha Feiler

Jody Sekas

Leslie Vaglica

Savana Andershock *

Allison Hayes *

Petr William *

Jody Sekas / J Lofty *

Jody Sekas


* Indicates undergraduate BA student



For as long as I can remember, Steve Martin has made me laugh.  From my earliest memory of watching him on the television wearing a gag arrow through his head and playing the banjo, to his Mark Twain Prize for American Humor acceptance speech, and of course Only Murders in the Building, I have delighted in his singular sense of humor.  “A Joke for the Plumbers”, “Comedy Act for Dogs”, “Sex Jokes”; his absurd, at times surrealist, sense of comedy has always made sense to me.  As a performer, he is a contradiction: a contrast between the “wild and crazy guy” contained within his once trademark conservative white suit. Order versus chaos, and the struggle of extremes.

Currently, we are all living in an age of extremes.  What sometimes seems like moment by moment, we are presented with stark, binary choices driving us towards decisions, the stakes of which, seem positively existential:  Democracy or Fascism?  Human Creativity or Artificial Intelligence?  Community or Isolationism?

As potentially comforting as black and white thinking may be, it is also potentially disastrous and negates all subtlety.  Order is a necessary element to everyone’s life, but taken to the extreme, it becomes oppressive and destroys creativity.  Conversely, a certain amount of chaos can bring with it a sense of freedom, but too much often leads to ruin.  It is in balance between order and chaos where humans, and their relationships, thrive and this is certainly a major theme of Steve Martin’s comedy Meteor Shower. 

Norm and Corky are a couple who have put a great deal of work into their marriage through the use of readings, tapes, and seminars; rigid, ordered couples work.  It isn’t until the looming meteor shower brings with it a common enemy that their marriage finally becomes energized, and their once methodical, unyielding and humdrum lives are introduced to bedlam.  As the night deepens, and the meteors increase, loyalties are tested, fidelities are reaffirmed, and eggplants are harbingers of jeopardy. 


Thanks for coming to play with us,

Brian J. Gill, 2023



Jenna Speer

Colton Smith

Dylan Perozzo

Giuliana Sodatelli-Damo

U/S Corky
Alyssa Ritacca

U/S Norman
Octavio Hernandez

U/S Gerald
Alex Ortiz

U/S Laura
Alyssa Ramirez



OCTAVIO HERNANDEZ (U/S Norman) is a junior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Directing. Octavio transferred from the College of Lake County, where his credits include The Story Club (Charlie), Eurydice (Big Stone), I Have a Story to Tell (self), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Doug), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Father), School House Rock Live! (Tom), Lions in Illyria (Asst. Director), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] (Asst. Director), and The Squirrels (Director). Most recently Octavio was the Assistant Director for The Laramie Project at UW-Parkside.


ALEX ORTIZ (U/S Gerald) (Ensemble, Otto and Georg Cover) is a junior Theatre Arts major from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Previous credits include Spring Awakening (Ensemble, Otto & Georg Cover), As You Like It (Touchstone) and The Tourists (Dmetri).


DYLAN PEROZZO (Gerald) is a sophomore Theatre Arts minor, majoring in Geosciences with an Environmental Geoscience concentration. Previous credits include Spring Awakening (Georg/Dieter) at UW-Parkside.


ALYSSA RAMIREZ (U/S Laura) is a first-year Theatre Arts Major. Previous credits include The Laramie Project (Wardrobe Crew).


ALYSSA RITACCA (U/S Corky) is a sophomore Theatre Arts major. Recent credits include Spring Awakening (Ensemble, Adult Woman Cover), The Wolves (U/S #7, #14, #25) at UW-Parkside. She has been involved in multiple productions at Children’s Theater Academy (CTA) in Kenosha, such as Frozen (Sven), Moana (Moana), and Newsies (Ensemble). Alyssa has designed props for CTA’s production of Newsies and scenery for their production of Seussical.

Jenna Speer

JENNA SPEER (Corky) is a senior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Musical Theatre and a transfer student from State Fair Community College (Sedalia, MO). Recent credits include The Laramie Project (Asst. Stage Manager), The Aliens (Assistant Stage Manager), The Wolves (#2) and Indecent (U/S The Ingenue) at UW-Parkside. Additional credits include Racine Theatre Guild’s The Little Mermaid (Arista), Cyclopedic Ensemble's Stinky Cheese Man (And Other Fair(L)y Stoopid Tales), Summit Theatre Group’s Mamma Mia! (Ali), SFCC’s First Date (Lauren), James and the Giant Peach (Aunt Spiker), and Coffeyville Community College’s regional premiere of The Humans (Brigid).


COLTON SMITH (Norm) is a senior Theatre Arts major from Lawrence, Kansas. Previous acting credits include The Laramie Project (various), Spring Awakening (Moritz), As You Like It (Adam/Jacques), Indecent (Lemml), and The Thanksgiving Play (Caden) at UW-Parkside. Additional credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Ed) and The Humans (Erik) at Coffeyville Community College. Recently, Colton served as assistant director for Little Shop of Horrors at the Lawrence Arts Center. Colton received the 2023 Irene Ryan Best Comedic Performance Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (Region 3).


GIULIANA SODATELLI-DAMO (Laura) is a second-year Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Musical Theatre. Previous acting credits include The Wolves (U/S #13) and Spring Awakening (Ensemble) at UW-Parkside.


Scenic Charge Artist
Maggie Jay

Lead Carpenter
Quincy Wilson

Assistant Costume Designer
Michelle Catalan

Assistant Stage Manager
Kendyl Woods

Light Board Operator
Hugo Dums

Sound Board Operator
Sam Carlson

Projections Operator
Christian Luvianos

Wardrobe Supervisor
Kali Avery

Scene Shop Supervisor
Jeff Brain

Costume Shop Supervisor
Leslie Vaglica

Lighting Supervisor
Jessica Baker

Sound & Projections Supervisor
Kevin Gray

Scenery, Props, & Paints Faculty Advisor
Jody Sekas

Lighting Faculty Advisor
Jessica Baker

Sound & Projections Faculty Advisor
Kevin Gray

Stage Management Faculty Advisor
Misti Bradford

House Manager
Audrey Jenkins

Technical Consultants
Jodi Williams, Trenton Baylor

Director of Craft Services
Keith Harris

Poster & Program Layout / Design
Kim Sekas

Marketing & Promotions
Kim Sekas, Jody Sekas, Janet Jurado

Production Photographers
Alyssa Nepper, Petr William

Department Administrative Assistants
Joe Lambin, Edson Melendez

Theatre Arts Prop Manager
Jody Sekas

Theatre Arts Production Manager
Misti Bradford

Theatre Arts Department Chair
Fabrice Conte-Williamson

Dedrick Woods
Rebecca Finkbeiner
Alyssa Ramirez
Lea Perry
Jade Moeller-Jordan
Zym Jackson
Gavin Casillas
Mykah Malone
Dylan Perozzo
Hannah Allie
Leonardo Alvarez
Kota Beresford
Gavin Casillas
Maddie Christie
Christian Luvianos
Olivia Mauritz
Alison Pinchard
Sebastian Rivera
Hadley Ruetten
Cole Anderson
Axel Perez
John Roscioli
Jacob Schlais
Khierra Williams
Mara Zynda
Juliana Garcia-Malacara
Giuliana Sodatelli-Damo
Lexi Rogers
Donaji Sanchez
Audrey Jenkins
Ivy Hurm
Melissa Damas

Forge Dwyer
Ali Lacson
Ash May
Percy Reed
Colton Smith

Maddie Christie
Ali Lacson
Quincy Wilson

Yasmeen Harris
Braden Miller

Kalyn Diercks
Michelle Catalan
Janet Jurado
Allison Hayes
Kennedy Frick

Matt Gould
J Lofty
Travis Siepl
Quincy Wilson

Kali Avery
Alyssa Ritacca
Emily Moissant
Braden Miller
Sean Fookes
Avyn Holliday
Thu Vu Anh Nguyen
Grant Pitts
Riley Werve

Hugo Dums
Hannah Allie
Leonardo Alvarez
Maddie Christie,
Juliana Campos-Taylor
Yasmeen Harris
Olivia Mauritz
Alison Pinchard
Hadley Ruetten
Alex Ortiz
Alistair Weime
Jenna Speer
Scarlette Sikora

Sam Carlson
Sebastian Rivera
Annagrace McCurdy



SAVANA ANDERSHOCK (Lighting Designer) is a junior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Design and Technology. Previous credits include The Aliens (Light Board Operator), As You Like It (Assistant Stage Manager), The Wolves (Master Electrician), She Kills Monsters (Assistant Stage Manager), Indecent (Assistant Master Electrician), and The Penelopiad (Deck Crew). Recent acting credits include She Kills Monsters (Narrator) and The Thanksgiving Play (Logan). Most recently, Savana was a Production Assistant at American Players Theater in Spring Green, WI.


KALI AVERY (Wardrobe Supervisor) is a junior Biological Sciences major with a minor in Theatre Arts. Previous credits include She Kills Monsters (U/S Agnes) and Spring Awakening (Kayleen).


JEFF BRAIN (Scene Shop Supervisor) is a graduate of UW-Parkside (2020) with focuses on performance, carpentry, and props design. At Parkside, his performance credits included Romeo and Juliet (Friar Lawrence), Love's Labour's Lost (Longaville), and War of the Worlds (Announcer #2). He also designed props for Silent Sky and served as Lead Carpenter for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Jeff has also worked as a carpenter and props artisan for theatres including The Alley Theatre (Houston, TX), American Players Theatre (Spring Green, WI), and Fireside Dinner Theatre (Fort Atkinson, WI). He is an ensemble member of Redtwist Theatre in Chicago, where he continues to expand his portfolio of performance, carpentry, and props design.  


MICHELLE CATALAN (Assistant Costume Designer) is a senior with a major in Psychology and a minor in Theatre Arts. She works as a Costume Shop Assistant and has served on costume construction crew for a number of UW-Parkside productions, including Stupid F##king Bird, The Glass Menagerie, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Penelopiad, Indecent, She Kills Monsters, The Wolves, and As You Like It.


SAMANTHA FEILER (Stage Manager) is a Milwaukee based stage manager and actor and is an alumnus from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, having earned a BA in Theatre Arts with concentrations in Acting, Musical Theatre, and Stage Management. Her professional stage management credits include Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, and Sunstone Studios. She can be seen with Bug in a Rug Children’s Theater, acting in their children’s touring productions, and the upcoming production of Hello Dolly with Forte Theatre Company.


BRIAN J. GILL (Director) is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts. UW-Parkside Theatre directing credits include Book of Days, Hedda Gabler, A Streetcar Named Desire, Midnight and Moll Flanders, Love's Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, The Thanksgiving Play, and As You Like It. As a member of the adjunct faculty of the College of Lake County, Professor Gill directed Crimes of the Heart, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, She Kills Monsters, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Chicago acting credits include Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Victory Gardens, Drury Lane Oakbrook, and Remy Bumppo. Milwaukee acting credits include Next Act Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Renaissance Theaterworks, First Stage and Milwaukee Repertory. Regionally, Brian has performed with the Illinois and Texas Shakespeare Festivals, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Theatre at the Center, Allenberry Playhouse, and the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Internationally, he has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where he trained as a member of the first International Artistic Fellowship. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, and the Society of American Fight Directors where he holds the rank of Advanced Actor-Combatant.


ALLISON HAYES (Sound Designer) is a senior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Musical Theatre. Previous credits include burn: a folk musical (Tracy), Circle Mirror Transformation (Swing and Sound Designer), The Penelopiad (Maid/Iole), The Wolves (Sound Designer), As You Like It (Audrey) and Spring Awakening (Ensemble/Wendla Cover) at UW-Parkside, James and The Giant Peach (James), She Kills Monsters (Farrah) at State Fair Community College, and The Addams Family (Pugsley) at Next Generation Performing Arts Camp. Most recently, Allison was a Character Performer at the Bristol Renaissance Faire.


J LOFTY (co-Props Designer) is a senior Theatre Arts major with a minor in International Studies. Previous acting credits include Hir (Isaac). Additional credits include As You Like It (Assistant Props Lead) and She Kills Monsters (Assistant Props Lead) at UW-Parkside, as well as You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at STEPS Performing Arts (Props Lead) and Brighton Beach Memoirs (Assistant Stage Manager) at Lakeside Players.

Leslie Vaglica

LESLIE VAGLICA (Costume Designer/Costume Shop Supervisor) is a costumer whose foundation in fashion and art has enriched her focus in theatrical costuming. She has worked as a costume technician for Off-Broadway productions of Trevor, The Musical and Boswell, as well as for professional companies, including American Players Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Florentine Opera Company, Skylight Music Theatre, and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Professional regional design credits include The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Sugar Creek Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Florentine Opera Company, Luminous Theatre, UW-Milwaukee Dance and Musical Theatre, Peter Stathas Dance, and Renaissance Theaterworks. She has also served as Costume Shop Manager at Hope Summer Repertory Theater in Holland, MI. Leslie is a graduate of UW-Eau Claire and holds a certificate in Apparel Product Design and Development from Mt. Mary University.  


KENDYL WOODS (Assistant Stage Manager) is a junior transfer student from the College of Lake County with a double-major in Theatre Arts and Environmental Science. Previous credits include Desdemona, A Play About a Handkerchief (U/S Bianca), The Squirrels (Lighting Design) plus School House Rock Live!, The Squirrels, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised], and Into the Woods (Stage Management Team) at CLC.

Taylor Ireland

TAYLOR IRELAND (Head Electrician) is a senior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Stage Management. Recent UW-Parkside credits include The Laramie Project Stage Manager), Spring Awakening (Spotlight Operator), The Aliens (Stage Manager), As You Like It (Assistant Stage Manager) and The Wolves (Assistant Stage Manager). Taylor was also the Stage Manager for The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales at Cyclopedic Ensemble, The Diviners, James and the Giant Peach, and Oedipus at State Fair Community College. Other credits include Dearly Departed (House Manager), Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience (Crew), and First Date (Light Board Operator) also at SFCC. Most recently, Taylor was Assistant Stage Manager for The Old Man and The Old Moon and As You Like It at Door Shakespeare.

Jody Sekas

JODY SEKAS (Scenic Designer/Technical Director/Prop Designer) is a Production/Scenic Designer for theatre & film, whose recent designs include the Off-Broadway debut of Boswell, and the upcoming feature film What Happened to Dorothy Bell. In 2021 he won the National KCACTF Scene Design award for his design of Stupid F##king Bird. He has worked for such venues as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Door Shakespeare, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Dell’Arte International, Rochester Civic Theatre, Omaha Theatre Company for Young People, The Western Stage, and on the films The Music Inside, Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes, FLEA, and The Wine of Summer. He taught Scenography for Theatre, Film, & Dance at Humboldt State University in northern California; Scenic/Lighting Design & Technology at UW-Eau Claire and was the resident scenic & lighting designer for the Sioux Falls Playhouse in South Dakota. He is now in his eleventh year at UW-Parkside as Associate Professor of Scenic Design & Technology and is a core professor in the Digital Design & Fabrication program. See examples of his work at

Petr William

PETR WILLIAM (Projections Designer) is a junior Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Design and Technology. Past credits include The Laramie Project (Asst. Lighting Designer), Spring Awakening (Ensemble, Moritz cover), Hir (Stage Manager), The Wolves (Assistant Lighting Designer), She Kills Monsters (Head Electrician), Circle Mirror Transformation (Lighting Designer), and The Mad Ones (Adam U/S). Recently, Petr directed Anne of Green Gables and a Playwriting Showcase at Racine Lutheran High School.


MAGGIE JAY (Scenic Charge Artist) is a junior Theatre Arts major with concentrations in Acting and Design & Technology. Previous acting credits at UW-Parkside include The Laramie Project, Reasons to be Pretty (Steph), Gruesome Playground Injuries (u/s Kayleen), Circle Mirror Transformation (Theresa), and The Tourists (Peggy). Additional credits include The Aliens (Assistant Sound Designer), The Wolves (Scenic Charge Artist), and The Penelopiad (Deck Crew). Maggie has frequently helped as an Assistant Scenic Artist at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.


TRAVIS SIEPL (Assistant Director) is a sophomore Theatre Arts Major with a concentration in Directing. Travis also works as a Scene Shop Assistant, and most recently at UW-Parkside was the Light Board Operator for The Laramie Project. Last year he directed the Parkside Studio production of Reasons to be Pretty, and this past summer was a Scenic Carpenter for Maples Playhouse in ________?


QUINCY WILSON (Lead Carpenter) is a sophomore Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Acting. He works as a Scene Shop Assistant and holds an AAS in Welding-Manufacturing Technology. Previous credits include The Laramie Project (Ensemble, Lead Carpenter) at UW-Parkside, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience (Grandpa Mole Rat) and The Stinky Cheese Man (Foxy Loxy) with the Cyclopedic Ensemble; Check Please/ Check Please Take 2 (Guy) with the Blue Springs Community Theatre; Puffs (Wayne Hopkins), Heathers (Kurt Kelly) and The Tempest (Gonzalo) at State Fair Community College.


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The College of Arts and Humanities with the UW-Parkside Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following individuals for their investment in the Theatre Arts Department and students.

Susan M. Cable, D.D.S., '81*
Professor of History, Dr. Sandy Moats

Susan M. Cable, D.D.S., '81*
Dr. Donald A. Cress*
Marie Kohler & Brian Mani*
Patricia Petretti*

Keith Harris

David R. Koss, '06
Dr. Lesley Heins Walker

Darleen Chiappetta
Edwin & Flora Doody
Calvin Kaplan '71
Debra Karp & Stephen Smiley
Frances M. Kavenik
Heather McGee '90

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About UW-Parkside

Since 1968, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has continued to build a reputation as an outstanding liberal arts institution with particularly strong fine arts programs. With The Rita Tallent Picken Center for Arts & Humanities, our state-of-the-art instructional facilities and stunning performance venues match our award-winning academic programs and provide even greater community access. UW-Parkside offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as specialized online programs. Each year, more than 100 College of Lake County graduates transfer to UW-Parkside to pursue a four-year degree. The award-winning Theatre Arts program is a popular destination for transfer students.

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