Into the Woods at SUNY New Paltz

itw_poster_artwork-736x1024The Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz presents “Into the Woods,” the timeless and beloved musical that reminds us to be careful what we wish for, because we might just get it.

Performances will be given from Nov. 8 – 11 and 15 – 18 at McKenna Theatre on the New Paltz campus. This production is directed by Catherine Doherty, assistant professor of Theatre Arts, with a book by James Lapine and music and lyrics by the legendary Stephen Sondheim.

“Into the Woods” is a Brothers Grimm-inspired production offering a modern take on the classic fairy tales that are fixtures of our storytelling culture. Characters familiar from “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Jack and the Beanstalk” are forced to unite as a community and make sacrifices to protect each other and save their kingdom.

“This show is a love letter to storytelling and a love letter to narrative,” Doherty said. “I am so excited for the whole department to put the best of themselves forward for an evening of craft and magic.”

This production promises to push boundaries, with abstract set design, nontraditional casting, and playful takes on gender and identity, complemented by Sondheim’s intricate and award-winning score.

“Sondheim is a master of providing musical hints that help cast members and audiences deepen their understanding of roles and the piece as a whole,” said Katya Stanislavskaya, assistant professor of musical theatre and the production’s musical director. “Whether on a conscious or a subconscious level, we recognize ‘leitmotifs’ – recurring musical themes – that tell audiences to pay attention to, or recall, a certain character, object, emotion or idea.”

What resonates most about “Into the Woods,” Doherty says, is the play’s portrayal of the delicate balance of beauty and despair, which we all experience in our journeys through life.

“The show has some pretty dark moments in it, and watching these characters navigate those moments is fairly profound,” said Doherty. “They can’t pass through the darkness unless they have companions there to help to the other side.”

“Into the Woods” will be presented on Nov. 8 – 10 and 15 – 17 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. All performances will be given at McKenna Theatre.

Tickets are $20 for general public; $18 for seniors (62+), SUNY New Paltz faculty/staff, SUNY New Paltz alumni and non-New Paltz students; and $10 for SUNY New Paltz students.

Use this link to purchase tickets online, or contact the Parker Theatre Box Office at (845) 257-3880 or The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and is also open for one hour prior to each performance.

Visit the Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz for more information.


SUNY New Paltz, McKenna Theatre
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New Paltz




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Eat with  100 local farmers as our guests to support the next generation to feed us at Empire Farm in Copake NY, a historic 220 acre student run SUNY/Cornell Ag-Academy and organic farm that custom grows for NYC chefs like Gotham Bar and Grill, abc kitchen, April Bloomfield and Fish & Game Hudson.

Mingle with growers, foodies and farm-loving attendees from the Tri-State area, Capital District and surrounding Berkshire and Hudson Valley communities.

$165 Tickets include a family style feast from Zagat’s 2016 #1 NYC restaurant Gotham Bar and Grill including  local libations, Farmer’s Market cocktail hour, Hudson Valley Cheese Course and more more more…. All proceeds benefit FarmOn! Foundation youth education programs. Youth pricing available. Farm Tables available and Sponsor a Farmer in your name if you can’t come!



Tinker Camp


The Division of Engineering Programs at SUNY New Paltz is sponsoring the College’s first ever TINKER camp, a week-long program designed to support high school-aged girls who are interested in careers in engineering.

The camp will run from Aug. 1 – 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Resnick Engineering Hall on the New Paltz campus. It is open to girls preparing to enter grades 9 through 11.

The schedule of events includes integrated, hands-on projects covering four distinct areas of engineering: civil, biomedical, electrical and mechanical.

The TINKER program focuses on connecting the campers with women who are active in the engineering industry. The camp aims to debunk some of the most common misconceptions that contribute to suppressing the numbers of women who enter this field, and inspire a new generation of young women to consider the many possibilities an engineering education opens.


Key to this process is the participation of many student representatives of New Paltz’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) group as speakers, teachers and camp organizers. Continue reading