Ayun plays Mrs. Claus in The Truth About Santa, December 5-20 NYC

Theater of the Apes and The Tank present

THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA

An apocalyptic holiday tale by Greg Kotis Directed by Ilana Becker

Tickets on sale now!

A Christmas show for people who hate Christmas shows

Kiet Tai Cao, Ayun Halliday, David Carl & Milo Kotis as Jim Jim, Mrs. Claus, Santa, & Jo Jo in THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA by Greg Kotis, directed by Ilana Becker

Ho ho ho, children!

Many people think they know the truth about Santa, but they are wrong. Santa has some shocking unadvertised powers, a couple of half-mortal offspring his wife hasn’t found out about yet, and a lot on his mind. He’s tired of those damn singing elves. He’s tired of the lies. This is the Christmas Santa will reveal his true self. Prepare for the Ragnarök, urm, SANTA CLAUS’ RETURN TO OFF-OFF-BROADWAY.

(Get a babysitter. We don’t wanna traumatize any little believers… speaking of which, see Milo Kotis, almost all grown up and live in person as Jo Jo, the doomed elf. Watch him engage in spectral combat with his real life mother, Ayun Halliday, as Mrs. Claus)

Get those tickets!  December 5-20, NEW YORK CITY

Join me and Silverback Greg Kotis for a Free Holiday Party at the Drama Bookshop

Hey friends! The Drama Bookshop is falling victim to rising NYC rents, and while we’re rooting for them to rise again in another location, let’s take the opportunity to hobnob with other Off-Off-Broadway glitterati at a FREE HOLIDAY PARTY to kick off Theater of the Apes’ 10th anniversary co-production of The Truth About Santa, an apocalyptic holiday tale by Silverback Greg Kotis.

11/28/2018 – from 5pm-7pm

We have all sorts of jolly activities planned, like a COOKIE SWAP, free photo ops on Santa’s knee, and signings of Urinetown, Pig Farm, Eat the Taste, and of course, The Truth About Santa!

 

More info here!

RSVP on Facebook 

Don’t forget to get a babysitter and join us for THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA, December 5-20 at The Tank NYC

 

A People’s Guide to Publishing Podcast Interview

 

“Well, I’m an only child and I was unathletic, so I think that’s probably what sent me on the way to the glamorous career I’m in now…”

In which several keys to my psyche are revealed at M Noodle Shop, right across the street from Quimby’s Bookstore NYC. Thanks to Microcosm Publishing‘s Joe Biel, Elly Blue, and everyone’s favorite service animal, Ruby, for inviting me to be a guest on A People’s Guide to Publishing podcast.

(Also, thanks to Joe for going with my suggestion that we should each kick one leg back while posing for this photo. Someone on Twitter asks when our sitcom is going to air. Wouldn’t THAT be something to see. Til then…

Give THIS a listen. If you can’t stand my Hoosier accent, there are plenty of other great episodes to put in your earballs. Subscribe!

I’ve got a short play in the one-night-only special edition of RULE OF created for The Tank’s 2018 LadyFest August 23 at 8pm!  Virgin sacrifices! Democratic voting! Gruel! And that’s just my play!

My contribution is directed by Clara Elser, and features Mary Albert, India Kotis, and Chris Lindsay-Abaire.

7 (lady) writers | 7 rules | 7 new plays

One free drink with your ticket!

Featuring 6 other world premieres by:

EllaRose Chary
Rosalind Grush
Maia Henkin
Ariel Lauryn
Ying Ying Li
Ashley Lauren Rogers

The Rules

Ashley’s Rule: A well known phrase must be horribly butchered

Ariel’s Rule: Tom Selleck’s Mustache

Ayun’s Rule: A live performance of a song known-in-advance to only one of the performers.

Ella’s Rule: Problematic Fave

Maia’s Rule: “I take full responsibility for this”

Rosalind’s Rule: A lady triumphs! LADY TRIUMPH! YES!

Ying’s Rule: A ghost crosses the stage

 

Tickets

$12 plus one free drink!

at The Tank, 312 West 36th Street / First Floor / New York, NY 10018

New solo show in NYC: NURSE! June 12, 13 & 14

Coming soon

Long talked about…
Up ’til now unwritten…

NURSE!

A solo show by Ayun Halliday

Inspired in part by the life of Kate Claxton, ingenue turned entrepreneur-of-a-certain-age, who spent decades recounting the events of the Brooklyn Theater Fire to sold out crowds…

One Woman Show Romeo and Juliet

Advance tickets on sale soon…

More information compliments of  Theater of the Apes 

NURSE is presented by The TankHome for Emerging Artists NYC

Necromancers of the Public Domain – MAY 16, NYC


variety show New York City May

Join us at The Tank for the next Necromancers of the Public Domain, wherein a long forgotten book is plucked from the shelves of the New York Society Library and transformed into a low budget variety show!

This month: The Spinner Family by Alice Jean Patterson (1904)

Advance Tickets on sale now.

All of Nature’s children are interesting, whether rock or stream, herb or tree, bird or insect or other animal, and the spiders are by no means the least interesting among them all. Nowhere will the student and lover of nature find a more profitable study or a keener joy than in delving into the secrets of the spinners, or watching them solve the problems which they meet in their struggle for existence. 

Featuring:

Bryce Edwards (Gobbydafoo)

Iossy Freud (Theater of the Apes Sub-Adult Division)

Halley “Halogyn” Gerstel (NYC Dance Educator)

Katie Fricas (The Guardian / Spiralbound)

Quintin Harris (Theater of the Apes Sub-Adult Division)

Milo Kotis (Theater of the Apes Sub-Adult Division)

Alix Marello (Jazz Singer/Songwriter)

Michael Rubin (Blues Clues / Bubble Guppies)

Dejen Tesfagiorgis (Let’s Make a Mixtape / Solid Footing)

and more to be announced…

Hosted by Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! The East Village Inky)

Bring a blank shirt, pillowcase, or bag for preshow stencil fun. Grab some wine or beer and make a Necromancers souvenir!

Read The Spinner Family for free online

RSVP on Facebook.

 

Necromancers of the Public Domain – March 20!

Girl Scout Camp

It’s the second installment of my new performance series at the Tank! Each month, we pluck a long forgotten volume from the shelves of the New York Society Library and resurrect it as a low budget variety show.

Get some culture. Get some beer.

This month Campward Ho!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7pm, at The Tank, NYC

Someone has said, “We camp to live with Nature.” If living is knowing, let us then while we camp, learn to know the great out-of-doors, and at the same time take advantage of being together, and learn to live as Scouts. The information given is the result of experience gained not only as a camp Director and a housekeeper, but as a co-worker with hundreds of Scouts whose needs are very real.

Featuring:

Nick Balaban (Blues Clues / Musician around town)

Ellia Bisker (Charming Disaster / Sweet Soubrette)

Debra Castellano (CitizenDeb.com / Waste Management: The Show)

Susan Hwang (The Bushwick Book Club / Lusterlit)

Charlie Nieland (Lusterlit)

Morgan Pielli (Relationshit!)

Dejen Tesfagiorgis (Let’s Make a Mixtape / Solid Footing)

Hosted by Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! / Queen of the Apes)

Doors open at 6:15 for a Campward Ho! craft project with Counselor Sandye Renz

$15

Advance Tickets on sale now!

Read Campward Ho for free online

RSVP on Facebook

Want to perform at an upcoming Necromancers of the Public Domain? Holler.

The Everyday Adventuress

Hey friends, check out the first installment of Everyday Adventuress, my new monthly comic series for NextTribe.detail from Everyday Adventuress, a comic by Ayun Halliday

Necromancers of the Public Domain – February

 

Seek refuge from cruel, dark winter with the Necromancers of the Public Domain. Each month, we pluck a long forgotten volume from the shelves of the New York Society Library and resurrect it as a low budget variety show.

Get some culture. Get some beer.

This month: Masterpieces in Colour: Bastien Lepage (1911)

“There are certain beings who bear the stamp of the divine seal and are preordained to receive the higest favours within the gift of glory; they are fated to pass through life like those brilliant meteors which are seen to flash across the heavens and disappear in the same instant. Bastien-Lepage was one of those meteors.”

Thursday, February 8, 8pm

at The Tank, 312 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018

Featuring:

Nick Balaban (Pianist extraordinaire)

Raquel Cion ( Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie)

Katie Fricas (The Guardian / Fashionique)

Greg Kotis (“Urinetown: The Musical”)

Susan Hwang (The Bushwick Book Club / Lusterlit)

Charlie Nieland (Lusterlit)

Reverend Jen Miller (Reverend Jen’s Anti-Slam)

Jason Wachtelhausen (Monologist extraordinaire & butcher-in-real-life)

Hosted by Ayun Halliday, Queen of the Apes

Bring a blank shirt, pillowcase, bag or what have you for a free DIY souvenir stencil.

$15! Cheap! Tickets available here.

Read it for free here.

Want to perform at an upcoming Necromancers of the Public Domain? Holler.

Animal Farm All Ages Cheap Theater New York City 2017

Rip the rings out from you noses! Tear the saddles from your backs!

Theater of the Apes Sub-Adult Division presents:

Animal Farm

Based on the novel by George Orwell

Adapted by Sir Peter Hall

Music by Richard Peaslee Lyrics by Adrian Mitchell

at The Tank, 312 West 36th Street, First Floor, New York, NY 10018

4 November Performances at Non-Traditional Times When One Is Least Likely to Have a Conflict.

Tuesday, Nov 7, 7pm

Wednesday, Nov 8, 7pm

Saturday, Nov 11 5pm

Sunday, Nov 12, 3pm

Directed by Ayun Halliday (hey, that’s me!)

Musical Direction by Jeffrey Lodin

With

Kai Ellington

Ali Fall

Iossy Freud

Quintin Harris

Penn Lodin

Milo Kotis

Felicity McKenna

Isabelle Pflanz

Thomas Pflanz

4 LEGS GOOD, 2 LEGS BAD, 4 LEGS GOOD, 2 LEGS BAD, 4 LEGS GOOD, 2 LEGS….

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