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Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22

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TREE TALES will happen again this Saturday, May 22 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

On Sunday, May 16, Prospect Theater Company presented their first in-person, live arts program of 2021: TREE TALES. TREE TALES will happen again this Saturday, May 22 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visit here to reserve your FREE ticket. Check out the photos from the magical day.

This unique event invited audience members to walk through the Crabapple Grove in Riverside Park guided by an ensemble of artists, and choose from a selection of original flash-fiction short stories penned by 15 theater writers. The production team for TREE TALES includes Cara Reichel (Conceiver / Artistic Producer), Dev Bondarin (Project Director) and Violet Prete (Producing Assistant).

The Prospect artistic ensemble facilitating the event includes Robert Ariza, Viveca Chow, Michael De Souza, Alexandra de Suze, Kristina Dizon, Zina Ellis, Kaisha S. Huguley, Janice Landry, Matthew McGloin, Ian Miller, Emily Preis, Cliff Sellers.

The 15 originally commissioned short stories for this event are written by theater writers including: Rebecca Aparicio, Jenny Lyn Bader, Sammy Buck, Andi Lee Carter, EllaRose Chary, David Davila, Ty Defoe, Jennifer Fell Hayes, Timothy Huang, AriDy Nox, Corinna Schulenburg, Marcus Scott, SEVAN, Nandita Shenoy, and Claire Tran. Original illustration by Lauren Simkin Berke.

You can experience TREE TALES on Saturday, May 22nd. Timed entry tickets are available between the hours of 1:00pm and 4:30pm in the Crabapple Grove in Riverside Park (entrance at 91st Street & Riverside Drive).

Admission is free, but registration is required at www.ProspectTheater.org/TreeTales. Audiences may reserve a timed entry ticket. Given limited capacity, advance registration is recommended, but walk up registration is permitted if space is available.

12-person audience cohorts will begin the experience together every 15 minutes, and then each person will be guided to walk through the trees individually, on a path of their own choosing. The event is expected to take 30-40 minutes to complete.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. All audience members and artists will remain physically distanced, are required to wear appropriate face coverings, and complete a brief questionnaire and temperature check to participate.

This event is funded in part by NYC's Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Barbara Bell Cumming Charitable Trust. TREE TALES is also made possible by the New York State on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Prospect is participating in "Summer on the Hudson", NYC Parks' annual outdoor arts and culture festival that takes place in Riverside Park from 59th Street to 153rd Street.

Photo Credit: Lia Chang

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Producing Assistant Violet Prete at check-in.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Janice Landry, Robert Ariza, Viveca Chow, Zina Ellis, Matthew McGloin and Kaisha S. Huguley

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Jason Ma, Devin Ilaw, Hansel Tan and Lia Chang. Photo by Melissa Huber

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Janice Landry with Robert Ariza and Viveca Chow greets audience members

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Basket of Stories awaits

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Audience members select stories

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Audience reading under the trees

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Trees with hanging stories

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Michael De Souza, aka Chester the Squirrel, offers and audience member a story.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Emily Preis (aka Giuseppe the Leaf) and Michael DeSouza (Chester the Squirrel).

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Robert Ariza, aka Ash who was once a tree.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Emily Preis, Ian Miller, Michael DeSouza.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Kaisha S. Huguley, aka Permission.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Ian Miller, aka the "Tree Matcher" Twiggy -who matches people to their trees.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Devin Ilaw, Project Director Dev Bondarin, Hansel Tan.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Cliff Sellers, aka Apollos the Wanderer

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Jason Ma, aka Usher.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Janice Landry, aka The Queen.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Matt McGloin aka Gwydion - son of a mermaid and a tree

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Viveca Chow, aka Lil (lily in search of her "y").

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Kristina Dizon, aka Val the fairy.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Zina Ellis, aka escaped houseplant Terra.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Group hug - Hansel Tan, Cara Reichl and Devin Ilaw.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Devanand Janki and Playwright Nandita Shenoy.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Playwrights Jenny Lyn Bader, Sammy Buck and Claire Tran.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Playwright Marcus Scott.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Audience members Devin Ilaw and Hansel Tan.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Melissa Huber, Violet Prete JJ Maley and Jason Ma

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Ian Miller and Emily Preis.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Alexandra de Suze, aka Fill the Phoenix Handler

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Audience members with Alexandra de Suze.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Laura Brandel, Haven Tuesday, Playwright Timothy Huang and Alexandra de Suze.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Playwright Timothy Huang, Laura Brandel and Haven Tuesday.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Ian Miller, Cliff Sellers, Emily Preis, Michael De Souza and Kristina Dizon.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Kristina Dizon leads the audience.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Ian Miller, Cliff Sellers, Alexandra de Suze, Emily Preis, Michael De Souza and Kristina Dizon.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Audience member.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Audience Reflections.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Haven Tuesday and her mother, Laura Brandel.

Photo Flash: First Look at Prospect Theater Company's Interactive TREE TALES on May 22
Jason Ma, Lia Chang and Paulo K. Tirol. Photo by Melissa Huber

The Prospect artistic ensemble- Standing: Janice Landry, Alexandra de Suze, Zina Ellis, Kaisha S. Huguley, Cliff Sellers, Prospect Creative Director Cara Reichel, Ian Miller. Seated: Matthew McGloin, Kristina Dizon, Michael De Souza, Viveca Chow, Emily Preis, Robert Ariza.

The Prospect artistic ensemble- Standing: Janice Landry, Alexandra de Suze, Zina Ellis, Kaisha S. Huguley, Cliff Sellers, Prospect Creative Director Cara Reichel, Ian Miller. 
Seated: Matthew McGloin, Kristina Dizon,  Michael De Souza, Viveca Chow, Emily Preis, Robert Ariza. 

 


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