Je vous présente L’Ourse (The Bear)

L’Ourse, a short film by Greg Kotis © 2020, Theater of the Apes

Take 3 minutes to share the journey of a melancholy bear who travels to New York City in search of food and meaning.

A pandemic collaboration between French New Wave réalisateur  Greg Kotis, the Chief Primatologist of the East Village Inky, the unsuspecting people of NYC and & a bearsuit discovered in an East Harlem thrift store…

Meet this Zinester!

What a treat to be included in Weirdo Brigade’s excellent long running interview series, Meet this Zinester. Thanks to Solanche for making me feel like a big fromage.

So much time! So many zinesters! So many great ideas! Get hooked on this inspirational, mind bending series. I surely did.

Check it out HERE.

Andrew Cuomo’s Nipple Rings: An Oral History

It’s my pleasure to have contributed a 10-page comic, Andrew Cuomo’s Nipple Rings: An Oral History to the inaugural issue of The Flashpaper: The Theatre’s Thoughts on Right Now.

12 contributors tackled the prospect of theater in the post-social distancing age, using a variety of formats: short plays, essays, manifestos, photo series, and a comic that is less about the possibly pierced nipples of Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York than it is about the near dystopian challenge we face as theater artists.

Here’s a taste of my efforts:

From Andrew Cuomo’s Nipple Rings: An Oral History, © Ayun Halliday, 2020
Published in The Flashpaper, Issue Number One

It’s a print-only publication! So if you want it, you gotta throw some dough at The Flashpaper then park your ayuss by the mailbox, eagerly awaiting delivery while patting yourself on the back for supporting the future of theater, the people who make it, and the Indie Theater Fund, a small but mighty non-profit organization that swooped in and helped so many of us just hours after a raging pandemic forced every theater in NYC to close.

The debut issues features work by ​Raquel Almazan​, ​Clare Barron​, ​Sarah Einspanier​, ​Kelley Nicole Girod​, ​Ayun Halliday​, ​Kinesis Project dance theatre​, ​The Living Theatre, ​Tara Moses​, ​National Asian American Theatre Company​, ​Parallel Exit​, ​Meropi Peponides​, and ​Theater Breaking Through Barriers​, along with a foreword by ​David Henry Hwang​ and an afterword bySarah Treem​.

To learn more about The Flashpaper and purchase the debut issue, click here.

Hey, New York! Wear a Mask!

© AyunHalliday

An original 30 second animation by Ayun Halliday ©2020
Download free posters and coloring pages here.


Music: Royal Banana (available in the public domain)

#WearAMask Poster Project

I got so sick of seething inside at all the unmasked runners and laxly-masked-if-at-all individuals seen wandering my little corner of NYC that I made a series of FREE-to-download posters encouraging every citizen to wear a mask and wear it properly. Also available in black and white, for your home-coloring pleasure. They’re meant to be displayed in close proximity to each other as duos or larger sets – a perfect example next to an imperfect example. Compare and contrast.

Share em! Hang em up in spots where the unmasked and improperly masked might get the message…

Totally unnecessary, but if you do print and post, I’d love to see snapshots

Here’s a link to the folder that has em all.

Last play in NYC = 1st coronavirus comic

I wasn’t anticipating that an assignment to report on an Off-Off-Broadway play by a visiting Japanese company would turn into a coronavirus era comic about the shut down of New York City, nor that it would take me over a month to produce 12 panels… (mostly just thinking and avoiding, though once I mustered the wherewithal, I spent a bit more time homeskoooling myself on a digital coloring and correcting program)

Read the rest on Book + Film Globe…

COVID-19-era Birthday Wish

Know what I want for MY BIRTHDAY Sunday? I want you to buy a zine (or book or some paper-based oddity) from Quimby’s Bookstore, a longtime supporter of The East Village Inky & 1000s of zinemakers the world over.

This is in lieu of a Facebook fundraiser or donation solicitation- I figure everyone’s hand’s out, and everyone who can is putting their dwindling funds where they feel it’s needed, and need no further lobbying from me.
Treat yourself by following my orders (always!). Discover some weird new thing, or revisit a beloved weird old thing. Your purchase, no matter how small, will benefit a rad & venerable independent bookstore. Get a zine. Get mail (unless you want do Chicago curb service, or alternatively are picking up necessary supplies at Crest Hardware & Urban Garden Center in Brooklyn, where Quimby’s Bookstore NYC has a pop up.

Extra credit: make the birthday girl’s day by hipping her to what you chose.

Extra extra credit: Get inspired to make a zine your own damnself and send me a copy whenever it rolls off the press.

Go big with the Qustomized Quimby’s Quarantine Zine Pack – manager Liz Mason will tailor make the zinely equivalent of pinata full of surprises based on your tastes, kinks and interests.

🎂🎂🎂❤️ where the hell’s the zine emoji? What has this world come to?

The Turning vs. a far superior adaptation of The Turn of the Screw

I’m uniquely qualified to review The Turning for Book & Film Globe because my frequent co-star John St Angelo & I played Miles and Flora in the Innocents at Indianapolis Civic Theater in 1977.

John St Angelo & Ayun Halliday in The Innocents, Indianapolis Civic Theater, 1977

(Not that we can hold a candle to Brooklynn & the kid from Stranger Things…)

Read all about it!

Ayun’s Lynda Barry Comic for Book & Film Globe

Attention Lynda Barry Fans (which is everybody – doy!) Even though I have yet to take a class with my longtime hero-queen, I got to make a comic about her latest book, Making Comics, for Book & Film Globe. Read the full comic here!

Celebrate the nativity of Greg Kotis with Theater of the Apes, January 6, NYC

Happy Birthday to Greg…

Let us celebrate the ancestral homeland of this dear baby with cake, song, surprise guests, hijinx…

I’m hosting, and allegedly both kids are performing. Maybe we won’t make Greg be the stage hand this time. Come check out the Chief Primatologist’s OTHER long running project…
More intel here…