UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE
Original Public Works Documentary
Now streaming here and on ALL ARTS, The WNET Group's arts and culture broadcast channel and streaming platform, and will be available able to watch On Demand on this page.
UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE, a new documentary from The Public Theater created with Art Docs and premiering this fall on ALL ARTS, focuses on The Public Theater’s 2017 Public Works musical production of As You Like It, which was performed by 200 New Yorkers of all ages and boroughs, and was named one of the Top Ten shows of 2017 by The New York Times. Co-adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, original choreography by Sonya Tayeh, and direction by Laurie Woolery, As You Like It was set to be remounted as part of the 2020 Free Shakespeare in the Park season, but those plans were halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This film tracks the creation of As You Like It and the ways this resilient community has banded together amidst the crises of 2020. Public Works, a major program of The Public Theater, aims to restore and build community by connecting people through theater—both performing it and experiencing it—creating theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well. For the last eight years, Public Works has partnered with organizations across New York City, inviting community members to take classes, attend performances, and join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater.
Brownsville Recreation Center
Located in Brooklyn, Brownsville Recreation Center is a branch of the New York City Parks Department. With extensive resources for youth and seniors, the center offers a vibrant space to pursue both artistic and athletic activities.
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education
Founded in 1934, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education is the oldest Latino charity in New York City. The South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages.
Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
Center for Family Life in Sunset Park is a neighborhood-based social service organization in Brooklyn. CFL’s comprehensive services in counseling, employment, education, the arts and recreation engage more than 16,000 children and adults each year at 8 community locations.
Located in Manhattan, Children's Aid provides comprehensive support to children in targeted New York City neighborhoods. The organization aims to connect young people and their families with the tools they need to learn, grow, and become leaders of their own lives.
Domestic Workers United
Domestic Workers United is a city-wide organization of Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York, organizing for power, respect, and fair labor standards in the domestic industry.
Located in the Bronx, DreamYard provides transformative arts education for youth in the Bronx through school-based and out-of-school programs and supports young people as they work toward higher learning, meaningful careers and social action.
The Fortune Society
Located in Queens, The Fortune Society is a nonprofit social service and advocacy organization, founded in 1967, whose mission is to support successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to incarceration thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.
Military Resilience Foundation
Military Resilience Foundation works to create opportunities for individual men and women who have served in the military to engage in community-based events that honor their unique experiences, while allowing those experiences to become part of a shared narrative.