The Queen of the Apes announces the title of the next aged book Theater of the Apes shall resurrect as NECROMANCERS OF THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, a 1-night-only New York City variety show:

CHILDHOOD by Alice Meynell (1913)

Extend your Mother’s Day celebration by celebrating the work of a long dead female author and mother of 7! Advance tickets on sale now.

Childhood by Alice Meynell

Monday April 15: Necromancers of the Public Domain

I’m hosting! Greg’s performing! A buncha cool people are performing and a good time will be had by all. (Get a discount on advance purchases with the code PUBLICDOMAIN) More intel and ticket link here!

Hey, you got your naked lady in my interior design book…

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

 

Necromancers of the Public Domain – September 24

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.


Tickets on sale now!

HOW TO SING A SONG: The Art of Lyric and Dramatic Interpretation

by Mme. Yvette Guilbert (1918)

Monday September 24, 2018, 8 pm at The Tank312 West 36th Street, NYC

.with:

Nick Balaban (Blues Clues / Musician around town)

Greg Kotis (Urinetown / Yeast Nation )

Shelton Pritchard Lindsay (Pink Wallet Productions)

Anthony Wills, Jr. (Artistic Pride Productions)

Hosted by Queen of the Apes, Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! / East Village Inky)

 

FROM THE BOOK:

Make the public conceive that you too are a poor human being…full of hope, full of deception…a poor human being dreaming of kindness, of beauty, of love. Show your public all the precious smiles you have, hidden behind your tears, and let the public guess how you must have suffered to be able to translate its own suffering! Hide from the public the effort you make to smile so that they should smile…Speak to their hearts, speak to their souls!

$15. Beer and wine available in the lobby

Read the full text here.

Relive the glory of Necromancers past here.

Buy your tickets here and don’t forget to mark your calendars in advance:

 

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.

A Short Film About about Early East Village Inky Days at The Secret City

Sunday, March 25 at 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
I’m on deck to bring some visual art to The Secret City in the form of (heaven help us) a short film about Colorbox, an art class for extremely little children that my friend, Binda Colebrook, and I taught in her cold water Lower East Side studio waaaay back in 1998.
Dixon Place

161A Chrystie St, New York, New York 10002

Suggested donation of $20, general admission – WE WORSHIP ART.