The Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities


When We Dead Awaken

When We Dead Awaken

Mar 1-10  |  Black Box Theatre

Mar 1, 2, 8, and 9  |  7 pm
Mar 3 and 10  |  2 pm

By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Brian J. Gill

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Famous sculptor Arnold Rubek is vacationing at a mountain spa and resort. There he meets Irene von Satow, a former model of his, and the subject of his sculpture “Resurrection”.  Irena explains that she believes herself to be dead, Arnold having captured her soul and placed it into his masterpiece. Though the pair believe there is no way to resurrect their former partnership, they agree to pretend they can. On a climb up the mountain, the artist and his muse are caught in a sudden storm and buried in an avalanche.

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The Altruists

Apr 12-13  |  Studio A

Apr 12  |   7 pm
Apr 13  |   7 pm

By Nicky Silver
Directed by Emily Moisant

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This hilarious comedy revolves around a dedicated, if disorganized and demented, group of young radicals. These are the kids who protest. They protest arts funding and arms funding. They protest school cutbacks and AIDS cutbacks and welfare cutbacks. They march for gay rights and children’s rights and Women Against Drunk Drivers. But their morality is put to the test one day when Sydney, a shallow, anorexic soap-opera actress, fires a gun into the hulking body of her sleeping boyfriend. The Altruists is presented as part of our ParksideSTUDIO series and features the work of student-directors and student-designers.

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Apr 26-May 5  |  Main Stage Theatre

April 26, 27 and May 3, 4  |  7 pm
May 3  |  10 am
April 28 and May 5  |  2 pm

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

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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.


Tickets are available for purchase online or at the Rita Box Office.

Individual Tickets
Adults | $20
Seniors | $15
Faculty/Staff | $15
Students/Youth* | $10
*Youth tickets are not available for all shows

Adults | $10
Seniors/Faculty/Staff/Students | $5

Each theatre arts major/minor receives one comp ticket. 

Please note that all ticket sales are final and that we do not provide refunds nor guarantee exchanges. We will do our best to exchange individual tickets for other concerts/productions but can make no promises that alternate ticketing will be available.

Order your tickets online

You can also call 262-595-2564 to speak with our staff about available tickets or information on current and upcoming performances, or visit the Rita Box Office near the main entrance to the Rita. Please note we cannot do ticket sales over the phone.


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Rita Box Office

Located in The Rita entrance lobby

Spring Semester Hours
Tues-Fri | 12–4 pm
And one hour prior to performances

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 Regional 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.

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