Theatre News & Show Information

Theatrical World Premiere of Tale of the Bamboo Princess — A Bunraku Puppet Play for All Ages

SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Theatre presents “Tale of the Bamboo Princess” a Japanese Folktale adapted by Milbre Burch and directed by Erika Guay.

  • Event: “Tale of the Bamboo Princess.”
  • Date: Thu.Sat., April 30–May 3.
  • Time: Thu.–Sat. at 7:30 p.m., and Sun. at 2 p.m.
  • Place: Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building.
  • Tickets: $11 general, $9 faculty/staff/seniors/non-SUNY students, $3 with SUNY ID.
    • Tickets available at the door or the Angell College Center desk.
    • Order tickets online — Online tickets can be picked up at the box office the night of the show.

“Tale of the Bamboo Princess” follows the moon princess, Kaguya-hime, when she is sent to earth to be raised by a bamboo cutter and his wife. While her beauty draws suitors, none of them win her heart. Only when she must leave earth does Kaguya-hime learn about true love and leaves a lasting impact on her adoptive parents and community. This traditional tale brings Japanese culture and bunraku puppets together for a relatable experience for a contemporary American audience. A show for all ages!

This world premiere of Milbre Burch’s adaptation of “Tale of the Bamboo Princess” is on April 30 at 7:30pm in the Hartman Theatre.

Following the opening night performance, we will host a reception with Milbre in the Myers Lobby Gallery. Join us for a talkback session with the playwright about her work as a theatre artist and her process for the Bamboo Princess.

This event is sponsored by the Student Association through the Campus Arts Council, the Alumni Association, College Auxiliary Services, the Fitness Center and the President’s office.

For audiences of all ages, experience a world premiere event at SUNY Plattsburgh. Get your tickets easily at
Reserve and pick up at the window the night of the show.

April 30, Thursday buy one get one free (only at the door). 7:30 pm.
May 1 & 2, FridaySaturday , 7:30 p.m. Tickets on line.
May 3, Sunday 2p.m.
Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts.
Hope you can join us!

SUNY Plattsburgh Students Honored at Theatre Conference

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (February 2, 2015) — SUNY Plattsburgh theater students brought home honors from the Region I Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Hyannis, Mass., this January.

Leah Sweeney, Brandon Klein, Klynt Ramjattan, Abigayle Ploetz, Collin Moore, and Dana McLaughlin participated in the Design, Tech, and Management Tech Olympics at the conference and SUNY Plattsburgh students brought home the trophy for the Region I Tech Olympics and will be hosting the competition at next year’s conference at Western Connecticut University. SUNY Plattsburgh students not only brought home a trophy, but also prizes for their endeavors. 

Brandon Klein was awarded a Certificate of Merit for his lighting design for “Water by the Spoonful.” 

Six students were also nominated for Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions:

  • Lucas Haight and Antony Watkins for their performances in “A Bright Room Called Day,” March 2014.
  • Tyyani Torres and Jozsef Paolicelli for their performances in “June Moon,” May 2014.
  • Anthony Baker and Jenny Seo for their performances in “Water by the Spoonful,” November 2014.

Students Tyler Smith, Klynt Ramjattan, Dana McLaughlin, Mireena Fleury, Caitlin Krahn, and Abigayle Ploetz served as acting partners for the nominees. Haight was nominated the previous year.

Klein, Sweeney, Moore, and Pajotte were nominated to participate in the Design, Technology, and Management Exhibition for their work on SUNY Plattsburgh Theatre department productions — Klein for his lighting design and Moore for his stage management for “Water by the Spoonful” and Sweeney for her lighting design and Pajotte for her stage management for “A Bright Room Called Day.”

The Acting Company in Residence at SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Theatre

March 24, 2015

7:30 pm, Hartman Theatre

Tickets will be on sale at the beginning of the semester at

$3 SUNY Plattsburgh Students, $13 Faculty/Staff, $15 General.

Buy online-save time in line the night of the show!

In the 2014/15 season, The Acting Company will present Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This sleek, accessible and characteristically bloody Macbeth will thrill, startle and satisfy students and adults alike — the perfect presentation for both first timers as well as Shakespeare buffs. One of his darkest and most powerful tragedies, Shakespeare dramatizes the psychological and political impact of when evil is chosen to satisfy the ambition for power.

After a trio of witches prophesize that he will become King of Scotland, Macbeth’s ambition, spurred to action by his wife, leads to his murdering King Duncan and ruling tyrannically through an era of bloodbaths and a civil war. Arrogance, paranoia, guilt, madness and death consume Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy.

Macbeth reflects on his actions in some of the most sublime soliloquies in the Shakespearean canon as he rushes headlong towards his demise. This is a poisonous world where, as the witches intone at the very start, “fair is foul and foul is fair,” where values are reversed and nothing is what it seems to be. From the prophecies of the Weird Sisters to the silent appearance of Banquo’s ghost, the supernatural plays a central role in this historically-based tragedy. But so does psychology and Shakespeare focuses a laser like intensity on the disintegrating mental state of the murderous king. With almost no diversionary subplots, Macbeth is thrillingly direct in its stark demonstration of the corrupting power of evil.

Appearing in photos: Chad Hoeppner, Heather Raffo, Michele Tauber, Mia Barron, April Yvette Thompson. Photos by Richard Termine and Ken Howard


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Upcoming Main Stage Productions


“The Tale of the Bamboo Princess”

Adapted by Milbre Burch
Directed by Erika Guay
April 30 – May 3, 2015
Thur.–Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Sun., 2 p.m.

Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building
Thursday: Buy 1 get 1 free (at the door only)
General $11
Faculty/Staff/Seniors/Non-SUNY Plattsburgh Students $9
SUNY Plattsburgh Students $3




“Milk Like Sugar”

A play by Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by Shawna Mefferd Carroll
March 5–8, 2015
Thur.–Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Sun., 2 p.m.

Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building
Thursday: Buy 1 get 1 free (at the door only)
General $11
Faculty/Staff/Seniors/Non-SUNY Plattsburgh Students $9
SUNY Plattsburgh Students $3


The Acting Company in Residence:


By William Shakespeare
March 24, 2014
7:30 p.m

Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building
General $15
Faculty/Staff $13
SUNY Plattsburgh Students $3
Tickets will be on sale at the beginning of the semester at

Buy your tickets online and save time in line!



Cash, Check, Cardinal Cash, Visa, MC, or Discover accepted.
No refunds or exchanges.
Hartman Theatre Box Office opens one hour before the show. Tickets will be available on-line and in advance at the Angell College Center.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the theatre program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

W. Kim Hartshorn, Chairperson
Office: Myers Fine Arts 124B
Phone: (518) 564-2478