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 boxoffice@newpaltz.edu. 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
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz
12561
845-257-3880

newpaltz.edu/theatre

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The Dining Room

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The Marist College Club of Theatre Arts proudly presents The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney!

Set in a single dining room, the play consists of 18 vignettes overlapping and intertwining that depict different families from different homes and in different time periods. Overall, it tells the story of the dying and relatively short-lived culture of upper-middle class Americans, and the transition into a much more efficient society with less emphasis on tradition and more emphasis on progress.

WHERE:
Nelly Goletti Theatre

WHEN:
Friday, March 23rd at 8:00PM
Saturday, March 24th at 8:00PM
Sunday, March 25th at 2:00PM

Student Ticket: $5
Adult Ticket: $10
To reserve your tickets, email boxofficemccta@gmail.com!

Director: Steve LaMaita
Production Manager: Anna McClear
Asst. Director: Tom Vestuto
Stage Manager: Jill Craig

The Dining Room is produced in arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Lettuce Rejoice! Hedda’s Holiday Spectacular Comes to Rosendale!

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Lettuce Rejoice! Hedda Lettuce returns to the Hudson Valley on Saturday night, December 16th!

The Queen of green is bringing her book of parodied holiday classics along for the ride, so get ready for a raucous night of gay holiday cheer as this drag legend brings brings her one-of-kind humor and storytelling to the Rosendale Theater for one night only!

Don’t miss her first-ever HOLIDAY spectacular at the fabulous Rosendale Theatre starting at 9:30pm!

Bah! Humbug!

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Experience the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge like you never have before!

Nestle in to historic the Old Dutch Church and let master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, complete with musical accompaniment, regale you with his adaptation of this Charles Dickens classic. Performances last about an hour.

December 9-10, 16-17
Performances at 3:30, 4:45, and 6pm

Recommended for ages 10+.

This Historic Hudson Valley event takes place at the Old Dutch Church,  just across the street from Philipsburg Manor.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking for this event is at Philipsburg Manor.

Tickets

Adults, $25
Children under 18, $20 

Members receive a $5 discount per ticket

Accessibility

Entry to the Old Dutch Church involves negotiating a long, steep ramp, uneven stone steps, narrow entryways, and narrow aisles. It is not wheelchair-accessible.

Actors & Writers: “What You’ve Brought” by David Smilow

actors-and-writers-470x313-300x200December 10th at Unison Arts Center

Actors & Writers(A&W), Unison’s theatre-troupe-in-residence, is a 22-member company of film, TV, and theater professionals, all of whom reside, at least part-time, in Ulster County.

This evening A&W will present a new work written and presented by David Smilow and other members of A&W.

Imagine an Antiques Roadshow episode originating as much from the Twilight Zone as a local town, and you’ve got some idea of what’s in store with ” What You’ve Brought”, a new work by David Smilow.  Join Actors & Writers as they rummage through a trove of eclectic objects, oddball owners, and the bizarre tales linking them. This will be an evening that proves yet again, people show up with the strangest stuff. And we’re not just talking about antiques.

Sponsored by: This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.