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



  • Digital show-specific study guides delivered prior to the performance
  • Complimentary tickets for chaperones and educators 
  • Talk-back with the show director, cast, and production team immediately following the performance
  • If requested, seating provided for students to eat lunch and/or a campus tour following the talk-back


Standard benefits, plus:

  • Bus transportation (groups of 30+)


Standard benefits

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The Laramie Project

By Moisés Kaufman and Members of Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Fabrice Conte-Williamson

Oct 20  |  9 am
Black Box Theatre

Curricular Connections: Contemporary US History, LGBTQIA+ History, Crime, Media, Social Justice

Oct 13-20 | Black Box Theatre

In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Projectmade six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

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Peter and The Starcatcher
By Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker.
Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Directed by Rachael Swartz

May 3  |  10 am
Main Stage Theatre

Curricular Connections: British Literature

April 26-May 5 | Main Stage Theatre

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

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900 Wood Rd. 
Kenosha, WI 53144
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About The Rita

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. Read more about The Rita.

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