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


Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A play by Simon Stephens
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon

Oct 11-20, 2019  |  Black Box Theatre
Oct 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7 pm
Oct 13 & 20 at 2 pm
Oct 18 at 10 am  |  Learn about matinee program

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play (2015), Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play (2015), and Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play (2013).


Silent Sky

Silent Sky

By Lauren Gunderson

Nov 22-Dec 8, 2019  |  Black Box Theatre
Nov 22 & 23, Dec 6 & 7 at 7 pm
Nov 24 & Dec 8 at 2 pm
Dec 6 at 10 am  |  Learn about matinee program

The true story of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt plays out against a landscape of fierce sisterly love, early feminism, universe-revealing science, and a time when humans who processed vast amounts of data were called “computers.” When Henrietta begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. Exploring a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them, the play shows Henrietta coping with work-life tension, tradeoffs, and the expectations society and family have of women—and how greatly they can pull one away from what they are passionate about. Above all, Silent Sky is at its heart expressive in capturing the great love of Henrietta’s life: the sky and all its riches.


Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Brian Gill

Apr 3-26, 2020  |  Main Stage Theatre
Apr 3, 11, 18, 24 at 7 pm
Apr 3, 9, & 24 at 10 am  |  Learn about matinee program
Apr 26 at 2 pm

In the streets of Verona, violence reigns. An age-old vendetta between two noble houses reignites. When two star-crossed lovers turn their backs on their parents' intolerance to seek their own way, they are thrown into a world of extremes where everyone has chosen sides and no one is willing to budge. When the adults have left the room and tribalism and politics are the guiding forces of the day, how might love and tolerance find a way to challenge hate and distrust? Written in 1595, Shakespeare's famous play is both delightfully comic and intensely tragic. Romeo and Juliet remains a shockingly relevant mirror to our own contemporary issues of identity, rebellion, family loyalties, and the right to love.


The Complete Works...

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

Apr 4-25, 2020  |  Main Stage Theatre
Apr 4, 10, 17, 25 at 7 pm
Apr 5 & 19 at 2 pm
Apr 23 at 10 am  |  Learn about matinee program

Three actors attempt to perform everything written by Shakespeare in one evening’s worth of entertainment. In the first act there are short versions of Romeo & Juliet, Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Othello, and Antony & Cleopatra. The comedies are discovered to have such similar plot lines that they can be lumped all together in one story treatment, while the history games are covered as if they were a football game, and Troilus & Cressida is presented as a performance art piece. When it comes to one of the greatest plays ever written, Hamlet, they perform so hard they do a 40-minute version (complete with a full audience participation workshop of one of the characters), a 5-minute version, a 40-second version, and then... BACKWARDS.




Parkside Faculty and Staff Appreciation  | Half-price admission for Parkside faculty and staff for select performances with promo code. Check email for promo code. Performances are Dec 6, Oct 18, Apr 17, and Apr 24.

Adventures in Lifelong Learning | Special group rates for members of Adventures in Lifelong Learning for select performances. The performance dates are coordinated through the Adventures in Lifelong Learning. Learn more.

Student Special Tickets | Parkside students pay only $5 for tickets to select performances with promo code. Check email for promo code. Performances are Dec 6, Oct 18, Apr 17, and Apr 24.


We offer three different matinee packages that always include digital study guides and post-show discussion experiences. Learn more about the Matinee Program.


Groups of 10 or more can pay by cash, check, credit or invoice.

School Groups  | School groups are encouraged to contact the box office or choose from select Matinee Program dates. Read more about the Matinee Program

Regular groups |  $10 per ticket for 10 tickets or more in single transaction

Groups should contact the box office at 262-595-2564.

For your convenience we offer you a number of ways to contact our Theatre Box Office for performance information and to purchase tickets for our theatre productions.

Order your individual tickets online

Individual Regular Ticket Prices*:

  • General Admission Tickets = $18
  • Senior & UW-Parkside Staff Tickets = $14
  • Student Tickets = $10

*For musicals, the ticket price is an additional $2 per ticket. Visit the online box office for exact prices.

You can also email your ticket requests to, call 262.595.2564 and speak with our friendly staff about available tickets and purchasing, or visit the Theatre Box Office near the Main Theatre entrance in the Rita. Call the Box Office for detailed hours or stop by one hour prior to each performance.

See the Ticket Specials and Group Rates tab for pricing of 10 or more tickets.

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.



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The Rita, Ground Floor
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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