Photos: Prospect Theater Company’s Presents Interactive TREE TALES

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.

Producing Assistant Violet Prete at check-in. Photo by Lia Chang

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- 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. Photo by Lia Chang

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. 

Janice Landry, Robert Ariza, Viveca Chow, Zina Ellis, Matthew McGloin and Kaisha S. Huguley. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

Janice Landry with Robert Ariza and Viveca Chow greets audience members. Photo by Lia Chang
Basket of Stories awaits. Photo by Lia Chang
Audience members select stories. Photo by Lia Chang
Audience reading under the trees. Photo by Lia Chang
Trees with hanging stories. Photo by Lia Chang
Michael de Souza, aka Chester the Squirrel, offers and audience member a story. Photo by Lia Chang
Emily Preis (aka Giuseppe the Leaf) and Michael deSouza (Chester the Squirrel). Photo by Lia Chang
Robert Ariza, aka Ash who was once a tree. Photo by Lia Chang
Emily Preis, Ian Miller, Michael DeSouza. Photo by Lia Chang
Kaisha S. Huguley, aka Permission. Photo by Lia Chang
Ian Miller, aka the “Tree Matcher” Twiggy — who matches people to their trees — Photo by Lia Chang
Devin Ilaw, Project Director Dev Bondarin, Hansel Tan. Photo by Lia Chang
Cliff Sellers, aka Apollos the Wanderer, Photo by Lia Chang
Jason Ma, aka Usher. Photo by Lia Chang
Janice Landry, aka The Queen. Photo by Lia Chang
Matt McGloin aka Gwydion — son of a mermaid and a tree — Photo by Lia Chang
Viveca Chow, aka Lil (lily in search of her “y”). Photo by Lia Chang
Kristina Dizon, aka Val the fairy. Photo by Lia Chang
Zina Ellis, aka escaped houseplant Terra. Photo by Lia Chang

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).

Group hug – Hansel Tan, Cara Reichl and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

Devanand Janki and Playwright Nandita Shenoy. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

Playwright Marcus Scott. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwrights Jenny Lyn Bader, Sammy Buck and Claire Tran. Photo by Lia Chang

Patrons may register for a “youth” ticket (9-12 years of age) or a “general” ticket (13 years and up). Audience members should be at least 9 years old to participate.

Michael de Souza, aka Chester the Squirrel, offers and audience member a story. Photo by Lia Chang
Audience members Devin Ilaw and Hansel Tan. Photo by Lia Chang
Melissa Huber, Violet Prete JJ Maley and Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

Ian Miller and Emily Preis. Photo by Lia Chang
Alexandra de Suze, aka Fill the Phoenix Handler Photo by Lia Chang
Audience members with Alexandra de Suze. Photo by Lia Chang
Laura Brandel, Haven Tuesday, Playwright Timothy Huang and Alexandra de Suze. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Timothy Huang, Laura Brandel and Haven Tuesday. Photo by Lia Chang
Ian Miller, Cliff Sellers, Emily Preis, Michael de Souza and Kristina Dizon. Photo by Lia Chang
Kristina Dizon leads the audience. Photo by Lia Chang
Ian Miller, Cliff Sellers, Alexandra de Suze, Emily Preis, Michael de Souza and Kristina Dizon. Photo by Lia Chang

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 Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Lyric Hershenson. Photo by Lia Chang
Audience member. Photo by Lia Chang
Audience Reflections. Photo by Lia Chang
Haven Tuesday and her mother, Laura Brandel. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

Jason Ma, Lia Chang and Paulo K. Tirol. Photo by Melissa Huber
Jason Ma, Devin Ilaw, Hansel Tan and Lia Chang. Photo by Melissa Huber
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative).  

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