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You can still experience the stories of this event at!  Read all 15 commissioned stories and see photos of audience responses.


an interactive outdoor arts experience

Sunday, May 16, 2021: 1p - 4:30p

Saturday, May 22, 2021: 1p - 4:30p

(weather permitting)

Come "play" in Riverside Park with Prospect!  Follow a group of artist guides as they direct you through the trees of Crabapple Grove.  Along the path, choose your own adventure from an array of 15 original stories penned by a line-up of imaginative theater creators, and engage with a tale created just for you! 

This is a guided "walk-through" experience with audience groups of 12 people gaining timed entry every 15 minutes.  Audience groups will begin together at a set time, but each person's walk is individually determined and may take slightly different lengths of time to complete.

in the Crabapple Grove in Riverside Park

(entrance at 91st Street & Riverside Drive)

It is recommended that audience members be at least 9 years old to participate.  Register for a "youth" ticket (9-12 years of age) or a "general" ticket (13 years and up).


Registration is required, as space is strictly limited to allow for physical distancing and safety protocols.  All audience members must wear appropriate face coverings throughout the 30-40 minute event.  Audience members also are required to answer health screening questions (here's a link to the questions) and have a temperature check to gain entry.  Hand sanitizer and disposable masks will be available on site.


Stories will be written on individual use paper, in the English language.  Stories may also be read aloud to participants.  Audience members will be asked to stand / walk throughout the grove, over ground which is fairly even, but has some tree roots.  If you have additional accessibility questions or concerns, we are happy to work with you to accommodate needs wherever possible.  Please email us in advance of the event day:

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Original illustration by Lauren Simkin Berke

Featuring Original Short Stories Written by:

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, & Claire Tran 

Community Arts Associates:

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

Project Director - DEV BONDARIN

Conceiver / Artistic Producer - CARA REICHEL

Producing Assistant - VIOLET PRETE


Public park restrooms are available near the Hippo Playground, 91st Street near Riverside Drive.  These restrooms are for the general public and not maintained by Prospect.


Funded in part by 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.   

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